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Publication# Search for heavy resonances decaying into two Higgs bosons or into a Higgs boson and a W or Z boson in proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV

Muhammad Ahmad, Benjamin William Allen, Georgios Anagnostou, Konstantin Androsov, Tagir Aushev, Michele Bianco, Roberto Castello, Xin Chen, Yixing Chen, Tian Cheng, Davide Cieri, Giuseppe Codispoti, Pratyush Das, Abhisek Datta, Alessandro Degano, Milos Dordevic, Dipanwita Dutta, Matthias Finger, Francesco Fiori, Daniel Gonzalez, Ruchi Gupta, Seungkyu Ha, Csaba Hajdu, Peter Hansen, Ali Harb, Miao Hu, Alexis Kalogeropoulos, Viktor Khristenko, Ji Hyun Kim, Donghyun Kim, Vineet Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Ekaterina Kuznetsova, Ho Ling Li, Jing Li, Wei Li, Shuai Liu, Zhen Liu, Hao Liu, Werner Lustermann, Bibhuprasad Mahakud, Maren Tabea Meinhard, Thomas Muller, Ioannis Papadopoulos, Vladimir Petrov, Quentin Python, Andrea Rizzi, Paolo Ronchese, Varun Sharma, Ashish Sharma, Lesya Shchutska, Wei Shi, Kun Shi, Muhammad Shoaib, Gurpreet Singh, Jan Steggemann, Marco Trovato, Andromachi Tsirou, David Vannerom, Joao Varela, Zheng Wang, Yi Wang, Mingkui Wang, Jian Wang, Siyuan Wang, Hui Wang, Qian Wang, Muhammad Waqas, Matthias Weber, Matthias Wolf, Wenjing Wu, Fan Xia, Meng Xiao, Zhirui Xu, Yong Yang, Kai Yi

*Springer, *2019

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A search is presented for massive narrow resonances decaying either into two Higgs bosons, or into a Higgs boson and a W or Z boson. The decay channels considered are $\mathrm{H}\mathrm{H}\to \mathrm{b}\overline{\mathrm{b}}{\tau}^{+}{\tau}^{-}$ and $\mathrm{V}\mathrm{H}\to \mathrm{q}\overline{\mathrm{q}}{\tau}^{+}{\tau}^{-}$ , where H denotes the Higgs boson, and V denotes the W or Z boson. This analysis is based on a data sample of proton-proton collisions collected at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV by the CMS Collaboration, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb$^{−1}$. For the TeV-scale mass resonances considered, substructure techniques provide ways to differentiate among the hadronization products from vector boson decays to quarks, Higgs boson decays to bottom quarks, and quark- or gluon-induced jets. Reconstruction techniques are used that have been specifically optimized to select events in which the tau lepton pair is highly boosted. The observed data are consistent with standard model expectations and upper limits are set at 95% confidence level on the product of cross section and branching fraction for resonance masses between 0.9 and 4.0 TeV. Exclusion limits are set in the context of bulk radion and graviton models:spin-0 radion resonances are excluded below a mass of 2.7 TeV at 95% confidence level. In the spin-1 heavy vector triplet framework, mass-degenerate W′ and Z′ resonances with dominant couplings to the standard model gauge bosons are excluded below a mass of 2.8 TeV at 95% confidence level. These are the first limits for massive resonances at the TeV scale with these decay channels at $\sqrt{s}=13$ TeV.

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