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Title: Limits on the Higgs boson lifetime and width from its decay to four charged leptons

Constraints on the lifetime and width of the Higgs boson are obtained from H → ZZ → 4ℓ events using data recorded by the CMS experiment during the LHC run 1 with an integrated luminosity of 5.1 and 19.7 fb -1 at a center-of-mass energy of 7 and 8 TeV, respectively. The measurement of the Higgs boson lifetime is derived from its flight distance in the CMS detector with an upper bound of τ H < 1.9 × 10 -13 s at the 95% confidence level (C.L.), corresponding to a lower bound on the width of Γ H > 3.5 × 10 -9 MeV. The measurement of the width is obtained from an off-shell production technique, generalized to include anomalous couplings of the Higgs boson to two electroweak bosons. From our measurement, a joint constraint is set on the Higgs boson width and a parameter f ΛQ that expresses an anomalous coupling contribution as an on-shell cross-section fraction. Additionally, the limit on the Higgs boson width is Γ H<46 MeV with f ΛQ unconstrained and Γ H < 26 MeV for f ΛQ = 0 at the 95% C.L. The constraint f ΛQ < 3.8 × 10 -3 at themore » 95% C.L. is obtained for the expected standard model Higgs boson width.« less
  1. Yerevan Physics Inst. (YerPhI), Yerevan (Armenia). et al.
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OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-15-328-CMS; CERN-PH-EP-2015-159; CMS-HIG-14-036
Journal ID: ISSN 1550-7998; arXiv eprint number arXiv:1507.06656; TRN: US1600881
Grant/Contract Number:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review. D, Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 1550-7998
American Physical Society (APS)
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