Searches for ttH and flavour-changing t → Hq productions in multileptonic final states with the ATLAS detector

Abstract : This doctoral thesis describes the search for the associated Higgs boson production with a pair of top quarks (tt̅H) in a dataset of proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of √s = 13 TeV and with an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb⁻¹, recorded by the ATLAS detector in 2015 and 2016. Seven final states, associated to different Higgs boson decay, are optimised to get the best signal to background separation. An excess of events over the SM background is observed with a significance of 4.1 standard deviations, while 2.8 are expected. In combination with search results obtained for other Higgs boson decay channels, the tt̅H production has been discovered with the ATLAS detector using up to 79.8 fb⁻¹ of collision data at √s = 7, 8 and 13 TeV.Flavour-changing neutral currents in top quark decays into a Higgs boson and a light up-type quark (t → Hq) are strongly suppressed in the SM. New physics models can predict a t → Hc decay branching ratio of 0.15%. The search for these decays in final states with two or three leptons observes no signal. An upper limit on the t → Hc (t → Hu) decay branching ratio at a 95% confidence level is set at 0.16% (0.19%) with an expected limit of 0.15% (0.15%).To bypass the limitation of an insufficient amount of collision data, the LHC and its experiments foresee an ambitious upgrade plan. The current ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeter readout will be replaced to get an increased granularity to improve the trigger selectivity and avoid bandwidth saturation at high luminosity. A demonstrator system has been operated since 2015 and its performance studied with calibration and collision data.
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Robert Wolff. Searches for ttH and flavour-changing t → Hq productions in multileptonic final states with the ATLAS detector. High Energy Physics - Experiment [hep-ex]. AMU Aix Marseille Université, 2018. English. ⟨tel-02279121⟩

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