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Title: A Search for the Standard Model Higgs Boson Produced in Association with a $W$ Boson

We present a search for a standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a W boson using data collected with the CDF II detector from p$$\bar{p}$$ collisions at √s = 1.96 TeV. The search is performed in the WH → ℓvb$$\bar{b}$$ channel. The two quarks usually fragment into two jets, but sometimes a third jet can be produced via gluon radiation, so we have increased the standard two-jet sample by including events that contain three jets. We reconstruct the Higgs boson using two or three jets depending on the kinematics of the event. We find an improvement in our search sensitivity using the larger sample together with this multijet reconstruction technique. Our data show no evidence of a Higgs boson, so we set 95% confidence level upper limits on the WH production rate. We set limits between 3.36 and 28.7 times the standard model prediction for Higgs boson masses ranging from 100 to 150 GeV/c2.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Baylor Univ., Waco, TX (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1016880
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-THESIS--2011-16
TRN: US1103193
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; FERMILAB COLLIDER DETECTOR; FORECASTING; GLUONS; HIGGS BOSONS; INTERMEDIATE BOSONS; PRODUCTION; QUARKS; SENSITIVITY; STANDARD MODEL Experiment-HEP