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Search for dark matter produced in association with a Higgs boson decaying to γγ or τ +τ − at s√=13 TeV

(CMS) Sirunyan, Albert; Đurić, Senka; Lelas, Damir; Godinović, Nikola; Puljak, Ivica; Šćulac, Toni; Mesić, Benjamin; Šuša, Tatjana; Kovač, Marko; Ferenček, Dinko; Antunović, Željko; Starodumov, Andrey; Brigljević, Vuko; Luetić, Jelena; Kadija, Krešo; Woods, Nate (2018) Search for dark matter produced in association with a Higgs boson decaying to γγ or τ +τ − at s√=13 TeV. Journal of High Energy Physics, 9 . ISSN 1126-6708

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Abstract

A search for dark matter particles is performed by looking for events with large transverse momentum imbalance and a recoiling Higgs boson decaying to either a pair of photons or a pair of τ leptons. The search is based on proton-proton collision data at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV collected at the CERN LHC in 2016 and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb−1. No significant excess over the expected standard model background is observed. Upper limits at 95% confidence level are presented for the product of the production cross section and branching fraction in the context of two benchmark simplified models. For the Z′-two-Higgs-doublet model (where Z′ is a new massive boson mediator) with an intermediate heavy pseudoscalar particle of mass mA = 300 GeV and mDM = 100 GeV, the Z′ masses from 550 GeV to 1265 GeV are excluded. For a baryonic Z′ model, with mDM = 1 GeV, Z′ masses up to 615 GeV are excluded. Results are also presented for the spin-independent cross section for the dark matter-nucleon interaction as a function of the mass of the dark matter particle. This is the first search for dark matter particles produced in association with a Higgs boson decaying to two τ leptons.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: high energy physics ; experimental particle physics ; LHC ; CMS ; standard model
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Divisions: Division of Experimental Physics
Depositing User: Dinko Ferenček
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 12:51
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2019 11:10
URI: http://fulir.irb.hr/id/eprint/4768
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP09(2018)046

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