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Search for a CP-odd Higgs boson decaying to $Zh$ in $pp$ collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 8$ TeV with the ATLAS detector

G. Aad 1 S. Albrand 2 J. Brown 2 J. Collot 2 S. Crépé-Renaudin 2 P.A. Delsart 2 C. Gabaldon 2 M.H. Genest 2 J.Y. Hostachy 2 F. Ledroit-Guillon 2 A. Lleres 2 A. Lucotte 2 F. Malek 2 C. Monini 2 J. Stark 2 B. Trocmé 2 M. Wu 2 G. Rahal 3 D. Boumediene 4 Emmanuel Busato 4 D. Calvet 4 S. Calvet 4 J. Donini 4 E. Dubreuil 4 N. Ghodbane 4 G. Gilles 4 Ph. Gris 4 H. Liao 4 R. Madar 4 D. Pallin 4 S.M. Romano Saez 4 C. Santoni 4 D. Simon 4 Timothée Theveneaux-Pelzer 4 F. Vazeille 4 S. Abdel Khalek 5 A. Bassalat 5 C. Becot 5 S. Binet 5 C. Bourdarios 5 D. Charfeddine 5 J.B. de Vivie De Regie 5 L. Duflot 5 M. Escalier 5 L. Fayard 5 D. Fournier 5 E.L. Gkougkousis 5 J.-F. Grivaz 5 T. Guillemin 5 F. Hariri 5 S. Henrot-Versillé 5 J. Hrivnac 5 L. Iconomidou-Fayard 5 M. Kado 5 A. Lounis 5 N. Makovec 5 C. Nellist 5 L. Poggioli 5 P. Puzo 5 A. Renaud 5 D. Rousseau 5 G. Rybkin 5 A.C. Schaffer 5 E. Scifo 5 L. Serin 5 S. Simion 5 R. Tanaka 5 H.L. Tran 5 D. Zerwas 5 Z. Zhang 5 L. Alio 1 M. Barbero 1 Y. Coadou 1 S. Diglio 1 F. Djama 1 L. Feligioni 1 J. Gao 1 G.D. Hallewell 1 F. Hubaut 1 S.J. Kahn 1 E. B. F. G. Knoops 1 E. Le Guirriec 1 B. Li 1 J. Liu 1 D. Madaffari 1 K. Mochizuki 1 E. Monnier 1 S. Muanza 1 Y. Nagai 1 P. Pralavorio 1 A. Rozanov 1 T. Serre 1 M. Talby 1 R.E. Ticse Torres 1 S. Tisserant 1 J. Toth 1 F. Touchard 1 M. Ughetto 1 L. Vacavant 1 C. Diaconu 1 E. Tiouchichine 1 Z. Barnovska 6 N. Berger 6 M. Delmastro 6 L. Di Ciaccio 6 S. Elles 6 T. Hryn’ova 6 S. Jézéquel 6 I. Koletsou 6 R. Lafaye 6 Jérémy Lévêque 6 N. Massol 6 G. Sauvage 6 E. Sauvan 6 M. Schwoerer 6 O. Simard 6 T. Todorov 6 I. Wingerter-Seez 6
Abstract : A search for a heavy, CP-odd Higgs boson, $A$, decaying into a $Z$ boson and a 125 GeV Higgs boson, $h$, with the ATLAS detector at the LHC is presented. The search uses proton--proton collision data at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 20.3 fb$^{-1}$. Decays of CP-even $h$ bosons to $\tau\tau$ or $bb$ pairs with the $Z$ boson decaying to electron or muon pairs are considered, as well as $h \rightarrow bb$ decays with the $Z$ boson decaying to neutrinos. No evidence for the production of an $A$ boson in these channels is found and the 95% confidence level upper limits derived for $\sigma (gg\rightarrow A) \times \mbox{BR}(A \rightarrow Zh) \times \mbox{BR}(h \rightarrow f\bar{f})$ are 0.098--0.013 pb for $f=\tau$ and 0.57--0.014 pb for $f=b$ in a range of $m_A =$ 220--1000 GeV. The results are combined and interpreted in the context of two-Higgs doublet models.
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G. Aad, S. Albrand, J. Brown, J. Collot, S. Crépé-Renaudin, et al.. Search for a CP-odd Higgs boson decaying to $Zh$ in $pp$ collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 8$ TeV with the ATLAS detector. Physics Letters B, Elsevier, 2015, 744, pp.163-183. ⟨10.1016/j.physletb.2015.03.054⟩. ⟨in2p3-01117382⟩

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