Tuesday, August 6, 2013

1308.0845 (Nathaniel Craig et al.)

Multi-Lepton Signals of Top-Higgs Associated Production    [PDF]

Nathaniel Craig, Michael Park, Jessie Shelton
We evaluate the potential to measure ttbar H associated production at the LHC using non-resonant multi-lepton final states in conjunction with two or more b-tags. The multi-lepton ttbar H signal arises predominantly from H to tau tau and H to WW^* alongside the semi-leptonic or fully leptonic decay of the ttbar pair. We demonstrate the power of a multi-lepton search for ttbar H associated production by recasting the CMS b-tagged multi-lepton search with 19.5 fb^-1 of 8 TeV data to obtain an observed (expected) limit of 4.7 (6.6) times the Standard Model rate, comparable to ongoing searches in 4b and bb gamma gamma final states. Sensitivity can be further improved by the addition of exclusive channels involving same-sign dileptons. We recast the CMS b-tagged same-sign dilepton search with 10.5 fb^-1 of 8 TeV data to set limits on ttbar H associated production, and approximately combine the two searches by calculating the fraction of same-sign dilepton signal events which do not satisfy multi-lepton selection criteria. We estimate an expected total non-resonant leptonic reach of mu < 5.0 times the Standard Model rate in 20 fb^-1 of 8 TeV data, with improvements possible.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.0845

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