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Title: Search for lepton-flavour-violating decays of the Higgs boson

The first direct search for lepton-flavour-violating decays of the recently discovered Higgs boson (H) is described. The search is performed in the H → μτe and H → μτh channels, where τe and τh are tau leptons reconstructed in the electronic and hadronic decay channels, respectively. The data sample used in this search was collected in pp collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of √s = 8 TeV with the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC and corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb-1. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the search is an order of magnitude better than the existing indirect limits. A slight excess of signal events with a significance of 2.4 standard deviations is observed. The p-value of this excess at MH = 125 GeV is 0.010. We found that the best fit branching fraction is B(H → μτ ) = (0.84+0.39 -0.37)%. A constraint on the branching fraction, B(H → μτ ) < 1.51% at 95% confidence level is set. As a result, this limit is subsequently used to constrain the μ–τ Yukawa couplings to be less than 3.6 × 10-3.
  1. Yerevan Physics Inst. (YerPhI), Yerevan (Armenia). et al.
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OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-15-061-CMS; CERN-PH-EP-2015-027; CMS-HIG-14-005
Journal ID: ISSN 0370-2693; arXiv eprint number arXiv:1502.07400; TRN: US1601097
Grant/Contract Number:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physics Letters. Section B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 749; 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; muons; taus; lepton-flavour-violation