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Search for the standard model Higgs boson produced through vector boson fusion and decaying to b bbar

V. Khachatryan M. Besançon 1 F. Couderc 1 M. Dejardin 1 D. Denegri 1 B. Fabbro 1 J.L. Faure 1 C. Favaro 1 F. Ferri 1 S. Ganjour 1 A. Givernaud 1 P. Gras 1 G. Hamel De Monchenault 1 P. Jarry 1 E. Locci 1 M. Machet 1 J. Malcles 1 J. Rander 1 A. Rosowsky 1 M. Titov 1 A. Zghiche 1 S. Baffioni 2 F. Beaudette 2 P. Busson 2 L. Cadamuro 2 E. Chapon 2 C. Charlot 2 T. Dahms 2 O. Davignon 2 N. Filipovic 2 A. Florent 2 R. Granier De Cassagnac 2 S. Lisniak 2 L. Mastrolorenzo 2 P. Mine 2 I.N. Naranjo 2 M. Nguyen 2 C. Ochando 2 G. Ortona 2 P. Paganini 2 S. Regnard 2 R. Salerno 2 J.B. Sauvan 2 Y. Sirois 2 T. Strebler 2 Y. Yilmaz 2 A. Zabi 2 J.-L. Agram 3 J. Andrea 3 A. Aubin 3 D. Bloch 3 J.-M. Brom 3 M. Buttignol 3 E.C. Chabert 3 N. Chanon 3 C. Collard 3 E. Conte 3 X. Coubez J.-C. Fontaine 3 D. Gele 3 U. Goerlach 3 C. Goetzmann 3 A.-C. Le Bihan 3 J.A. Merlin 3 K. Skovpen 3 P. Van Hove 3 S. Gadrat 4 S. Beauceron 5 C. Bernet 5 G. Boudoul 5 E. Bouvier 5 S. Brochet 5 C.A. Carrillo Montoya 5 J. Chasserat 5 R. Chierici 5 D. Contardo 5 B. Courbon 5 P. Depasse 5 H. El Mamouni 5 J. Fan 5 J. Fay 5 S. Gascon 5 M. Gouzevitch 5 B. Ille 5 I.B. Laktineh 5 M. Lethuillier 5 L. Mirabito 5 A.L. Pequegnot 5 S. Perries 5 J.D. Ruiz Alvarez 5 D. Sabes 5 L. Sgandurra 5 V. Sordini 5 M. Vander Donckt 5 P. Verdier 5 S. Viret 5 H. Xiao 5
Abstract : A first search is reported for a standard model Higgs boson (H) that is produced through vector boson fusion and decays to a bottom-quark pair. Two data samples, corresponding to integrated luminosities of 19.8 inverse femtobarns and 18.3 inverse femtobarns of proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s)=8 TeV were selected for this channel at the CERN LHC. The observed significance in these data samples for a H to b bbar signal at a mass of 125 GeV is 2.2 standard deviations, whilst the expected significance is 0.8 standard deviations. The fitted signal strength mu=sigma/sigma[SM]=2.8 + 1.6 - 1.4. The combination of this result with other CMS searches for the Higgs boson decaying to a b-quark pair, yields a signal strength of 1.0 +/- 0.4, corresponding to a signal significance of 2.6 standard deviations for a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV.
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V. Khachatryan, M. Besançon, F. Couderc, M. Dejardin, D. Denegri, et al.. Search for the standard model Higgs boson produced through vector boson fusion and decaying to b bbar. Physical Review D, American Physical Society, 2015, 92, pp.032008. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.92.032008⟩. ⟨in2p3-01159274⟩

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