Search for Higgs Boson and Observation of Z Boson through Their Decay into a Charm Quark-Antiquark Pair in Boosted Topologies in Proton-Proton Collisions at Formula Presented

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Tumasyan A., Adam W., Andrejkovic J., Bergauer T., Chatterjee S., Damanakis K., ...More

Physical Review Letters, vol.131, no.4, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 131 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevlett.131.041801
  • Journal Name: Physical Review Letters
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Chemical Abstracts Core, Compendex, INSPEC, zbMATH, DIALNET
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A search for the standard model (SM) Higgs boson ( H ) produced with transverse momentum ( p T ) greater than 450 GeV and decaying to a charm quark-antiquark ( c c ¯ ) pair is presented. The search is performed using proton-proton collision data collected at s = 13 TeV by the CMS experiment at the LHC, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 138 fb - 1 . Boosted H → c c ¯ decay products are reconstructed as a single large-radius jet and identified using a deep neural network charm tagging technique. The method is validated by measuring the Z → c c ¯ decay process, which is observed in association with jets at high p T for the first time with a signal strength of 1.00 - 0.14 + 0.17 ( syst ) ± 0.08 ( theo ) ± 0.06 ( stat ) , defined as the ratio of the observed process rate to the SM expectation. The observed (expected) upper limit on σ ( H ) B ( H → c c ¯ ) is set at 47 (39) times the SM prediction at 95% confidence level.