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Title: Search for a standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a top-quark pair and decaying to bottom quarks using a matrix element method

A search for a standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a top-quark pair and decaying to bottom quarks is presented. Events with hadronic jets and one or two oppositely charged leptons are selected from a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.5fb-1 collected by the CMS experiment at the LHC in pp collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 8TeV. In order to separate the signal from the larger tt¯ + jets background, this analysis uses a matrix element method that assigns a probability density value to each reconstructed event under signal or background hypotheses. The ratio between the two values is used in a maximum likelihood fit to extract the signal yield. The results are presented in terms of the measured signal strength modifier, μ, relative to the standard model prediction for a Higgs boson mass of 125GeV. The observed (expected) exclusion limit at a 95 % confidence level is μ < 4.2 (3.3), corresponding to a best fit value μ^ = 1.2+1.6-1.5.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Yerevan Physics Inst. (YerPhI), Yerevan (Armenia). et al.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1221254
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB--15-072-CMS; CERN-PH-EP--2015-016; CMS-HIG--14-010
Journal ID: ISSN 1434-6052; arXiv eprint number arXiv:1502.02485
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
European physical journal. C, Particles and fields (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: European physical journal. C, Particles and fields (Online); Journal Volume: 75; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1434-6052
Publisher:
Springer
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Contributing Orgs:
CMS Collaboration
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS