Evidence for Higgs boson decay to a pair of muons

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The CMS Collaboration , Sirunyan , A M , Tumasyan , A , Eerola , P , Forthomme , L , Kirschenmann , H , Österberg , K , Voutilainen , M , Brücken , E , Garcia , F , Havukainen , J , Karimäki , V , Kim , M , Kinnunen , R , Lampén , T , Lassila-Perini , K , Lehti , S , Lindén , T , Siikonen , H , Tuominen , E , Tuominiemi , J , Luukka , P & Tuuva , T 2021 , ' Evidence for Higgs boson decay to a pair of muons ' , Journal of High Energy Physics , no. 1 , 148 . https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP01(2021)148

Title: Evidence for Higgs boson decay to a pair of muons
Author: The CMS collaboration; Sirunyan, A. M.; Tumasyan, A.; Eerola, P.; Forthomme, Laurent; Kirschenmann, H.; Österberg, K.; Voutilainen, M.; Brücken, Erik; Garcia, F.; Havukainen, J.; Karimäki, V.; Kim, Minsuk; Kinnunen, R.; Lampén, T.; Lassila-Perini, K.; Lehti, S.; Lindén, T.; Siikonen, H.; Tuominen, E.; Tuominiemi, J.; Luukka, P.; Tuuva, T.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Date: 2021-01-25
Language: eng
Number of pages: 68
Belongs to series: Journal of High Energy Physics
ISSN: 1029-8479
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/328838
Abstract: Evidence for Higgs boson decay to a pair of muons is presented. This result combines searches in four exclusive categories targeting the production of the Higgs boson via gluon fusion, via vector boson fusion, in association with a vector boson, and in association with a top quark-antiquark pair. The analysis is performed using proton-proton collision data at root s = 13 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 137 fb(-1), recorded by the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC. An excess of events over the back- ground expectation is observed in data with a significance of 3.0 standard deviations, where the expectation for the standard model (SM) Higgs boson with mass of 125.38 GeV is 2.5. The combination of this result with that from data recorded at root s = 7 and 8 TeV, corresponding to integrated luminosities of 5.1 and 19.7 fb(-1), respectively, increases both the expected and observed significances by 1%. The measured signal strength, relative to the SM prediction, is 1.19(-0.39)(+0.40)(stat)(-0.14)(+0.15). This result constitutes the first evidence for the decay of the Higgs boson to second generation fermions and is the most precise measurement of the Higgs boson coupling to muons reported to date.
Subject: 114 Physical sciences
Hadron-Hadron scattering (experiments)
Higgs physics
Lepton production
Hadron-Hadron scattering (experiments)
Higgs physics
Lepton production
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