• Constraints on mediator-based dark matter and scalar dark energy models using root s= 13 TeV pp collision data collected by the ATLAS detector

      Berlendis, S; Cheu, E; Delitzsch, C M; Johns, K A; Jones, S; Lampl, W; LeBlanc, M; Leone, R; Loch, P; Nayyar, R; et al. (Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2019-05-23)
      Constraints on selected mediator-based dark matter models and a scalar dark energy model using up to 37 fb−1s√ = 13 TeV pp collision data collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC during 2015-2016 are summarised in this paper. The results of experimental searches in a variety of final states are interpreted in terms of a set of spin-1 and spin-0 single-mediator dark matter simplified models and a second set of models involving an extended Higgs sector plus an additional vector or pseudo-scalar mediator. The searches considered in this paper constrain spin-1 leptophobic and leptophilic mediators, spin-0 colour-neutral and colour-charged mediators and vector or pseudo-scalar mediators embedded in extended Higgs sector models. In this case, also s√ = 8 TeV pp collision data are used for the interpretation of the results. The results are also interpreted for the first time in terms of light scalar particles that could contribute to the accelerating expansion of the universe (dark energy).
    • Measurement of VH, H→bb¯¯¯ production as a function of the vector-boson transverse momentum in 13 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector

      Berlendis, s; Cheu, E; Delitzsch, C M; Johns, K A; Jones, S; Lampl, W; LeBlanc, M; Leone, R; Loch, P; Nayyar, R; et al. (Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2019-05-23)
      Cross-sections of associated production of a Higgs boson decaying into bottomquark pairs and an electroweak gauge boson, W or Z, decaying into leptons are measured as a function of the gauge boson transverse momentum. The measurements are performed in kinematic fiducial volumes defined in the ‘simplified template cross-section’ framework. The results are obtained using 79.8 fb−1 of proton-proton collisions recorded by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. All measurements are found to be in agreement with the Standard Model predictions, and limits are set on the parameters of an effective Lagrangian sensitive to modifications of the Higgs boson couplings to the electroweak gauge bosons.
    • Search for Higgs boson pair production in the WW(*)WW(*) decay channel using ATLAS data recorded at s√s = 13 TeV

      Berlendis, S; Cheu, E; Delitzsch, C M; Johns, K A; Jones, S; Lampl, W; LeBlanc, M; Leone, R; Loch, P; Nayyar, R; et al. (Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2019-05-21)
      A search for a pair of neutral, scalar bosons with each decaying into two W bosons is presented using 36.1 fb−1 of proton-proton collision data at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV recorded with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. This search uses three production models: non-resonant and resonant Higgs boson pair production and resonant production of a pair of heavy scalar particles. Three final states, classified by the number of leptons, are analysed: two same-sign leptons, three leptons, and four leptons. No significant excess over the expected Standard Model backgrounds is observed. An observed (expected) 95% confidence-level upper limit of 160 (120) times the Standard Model prediction of non-resonant Higgs boson pair production cross-section is set from a combined analysis of the three final states. Upper limits are set on the production cross-section times branching ratio of a heavy scalar X decaying into a Higgs boson pair in the mass range of 260 GeV ≤ mX ≤ 500 GeV and the observed (expected) limits range from 9.3 (10) pb to 2.8 (2.6) pb. Upper limits are set on the production cross-section times branching ratio of a heavy scalar X decaying into a pair of heavy scalars S for mass ranges of 280 GeV ≤ mX ≤ 340 GeV and 135 GeV ≤ mS ≤ 165 GeV and the observed (expected) limits range from 2.5 (2.5) pb to 0.16 (0.17) pb.
    • Search for single production of vector-like quarks decaying into Wb in pp collisions at s√ = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

      Berlendis, S; Cheu, E; Delitzsch, C M; Johns, K A; Jones, S; Lampl, W; LeBlanc, M; Leone, R; Loch, P; Nayyar, R; et al. (Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2019-05-27)
      A search for singly produced vector-like quarks Q, where Q can be either a T quark with charge +2/3 or a Y quark with charge −4/3, is performed in proton–proton collision data at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb−1, recorded with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in 2015 and 2016. The analysis targets Q → Wb decays where the W boson decays leptonically. No significant deviation from the expected Standard Model background is observed. Upper limits are set on the QWb coupling strength and the mixing between the Standard Model sector and a singlet T quark or a Y quark from a (B, Y) doublet or a (T, B, Y) triplet, taking into account the interference effects with the Standard Model background. The upper limits set on the mixing angle are as small as |sin θL| = 0.18 for a singlet T quark of mass 800 GeV, |sin θR| = 0.17 for a Y quark of mass 800 GeV in a (B, Y) doublet model and |sin θL| = 0.16 for a Y quark of mass 800 GeV in a (T, B, Y) triplet model. Within a (B, Y) doublet model, the limits set on the mixing parameter |sin θR| are comparable with the exclusion limits from electroweak precision observables in the mass range between about 900 GeV and 1250 GeV.
    • Search for top-quark decays t → Hq with 36 fb−1 of pp collision data at √S = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

      Berlendis, S; Cheu, E; Delitzsch, C M; Johns, K A; Jones, S; Lampl, W; LeBlanc, M; Leone, R; Loch, P; Nayyar, R; et al. (Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2019-05-21)
      A search for flavour-changing neutral current decays of a top quark into an up-type quark (q = u, c) and the Standard Model Higgs boson, t Hq, is presented. The search is based on a dataset of pp collisions at = 13 TeV recorded in 2015 and 2016 with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb(-1). Two complementary analyses are performed to search for top-quark pair events in which one top quark decays into Wb and the other top quark decays into Hq, and target the Hbb and H (+-) decay modes, respectively. The high multiplicity of b-quark jets, or the presence of hadronically decaying -leptons, is exploited in the two analyses respectively. Multivariate techniques are used to separate the signal from the background, which is dominated by top-quark pair production. No significant excess of events above the background expectation is found, and 95% CL upper limits on the t Hq branching ratios are derived. The combination of these searches with ATLAS searches in diphoton and multilepton final states yields observed (expected) 95% CL upper limits on the t Hc and t Hu branching ratios of 1.1 x 10(-3) (8.3 x 10(-4)) and 1.2 x 10(-3) (8.3 x 10(-4)), respectively. The corresponding combined observed (expected) upper limits on the |(tcH)| and |(tuH)| couplings are 0.064 (0.055) and 0.066 (0.055), respectively.