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Search for exotic decays of a Higgs boson into undetectable particles and photons

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 I. Antropov 2 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 3 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 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 F. Lagarde 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 search is presented for exotic decays of a Higgs boson into undetectable particles and one or two isolated photons in pp collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. The data correspond to an integrated luminosity of up to 19.4 inverse femtobarns collected with the CMS detector at the LHC. Higgs bosons produced in gluon-gluon fusion and in association with a Z boson are investigated, using models in which the Higgs boson decays into a gravitino and a neutralino or a pair of neutralinos, followed by the decay of the neutralino to a gravitino and a photon. The selected events are consistent with the background-only hypothesis, and limits are placed on the product of cross sections and branching fractions. Assuming a standard model Higgs boson production cross-section, a 95% confidence level upper limit is set on the branching fraction of a 125 GeV Higgs boson decaying into undetectable particles and one or two isolated photons as a function of the neutralino mass. For neutralino masses from 1 to 120 GeV an upper limit in the range of 7 to 13% is obtained. Further results are given as a function of the neutralino lifetime, and also for a range of Higgs boson masses.
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V. Khachatryan, M. Besançon, F. Couderc, M. Dejardin, D. Denegri, et al.. Search for exotic decays of a Higgs boson into undetectable particles and photons. Physics Letters B, Elsevier, 2016, 753, pp.363-388. ⟨10.1016/j.physletb.2015.12.017⟩. ⟨in2p3-01171155⟩



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