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Title: Search for a Higgs boson decaying into $$\gamma^*\gamma\to\ell\ell\gamma$$ with low dilepton mass in pp collisions at $$\sqrt{s} =$$ 8 TeV

Our search is described for a Higgs boson decaying into two photons, one of which has an internal conversion to a muon or an electron pair (ℓℓγ). The analysis is performed using proton–proton collision data recorded with the CMS detector at the LHC at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb -1. The events selected have an opposite-sign muon or electron pair and a high transverse momentum photon. No excess above background has been found in the three-body invariant mass range 120 < mℓℓγ < 150 GeV, and limits have been derived for the Higgs boson production cross section times branching fraction for the decay H → γ*γ → ℓℓγ, where the dilepton invariant mass is less than 20 GeV. A Higgs boson with mH=125 GeV has a 95% confidence level (CL) exclusion observed (expected) limit is 6.7 (5.9 +2.8 -1.8 ) times the standard model prediction. Additionally, an upper limit at 95% CL on the branching fraction of H → (J/ψ)γ for the 125 GeV Higgs boson is set at 1.5 × 10 -3.
  1. Yerevan Physics Inst. (YerPhI), Yerevan (Armenia). et al.
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Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-15-332-CMS; CERN-PH-EP-2015-137; CMS-HIG-14-003
Journal ID: ISSN 0370-2693; arXiv eprint number arXiv:1507.03031; TRN: US1601087
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Published Article
Journal Name:
Physics Letters. Section B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 753; Journal ID: ISSN 0370-2693
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
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; CMS; physics; Higgs boson; Dalitz decay
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OSTI ID: 1221300