Limits on the Higgs boson lifetime and width from its decay to four charged leptons

V. Khachatryan, A. M. Sirunyan, A. Tumasyan, W. Adam, E. Asilar, T. Bergauer, J. Brandstetter, E. Brondolin, M. Dragicevic, J. Erö, M. Flechl, M. Friedl, R. Frühwirth, V. M. Ghete, C. Hartl, N. Hörmann, J. Hrubec, M. Jeitler, V. Knünz, A. KönigM. Krammer, I. Krätschmer, D. Liko, T. Matsushita, I. Mikulec, D. Rabady, B. Rahbaran, H. Rohringer, J. Schieck, R. Schöfbeck, J. Strauss, W. Treberer-Treberspurg, W. Waltenberger, C. E. Wulz, V. Mossolov, N. Shumeiko, J. Suarez Gonzalez, S. Alderweireldt, T. Cornelis, E. A. De Wolf, X. Janssen, A. Knutsson, J. Lauwers, S. Luyckx, S. Ochesanu, R. Rougny, M. Van De Klundert, H. Van Haevermaet, P. Van Mechelen, N. Van Remortel

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Abstract

Constraints on the lifetime and width of the Higgs boson are obtained from H→ZZ→4ℓ events using data recorded by the CMS experiment during the LHC run 1 with an integrated luminosity of 5.1 and 19.7fb-1 at a center-of-mass energy of 7 and 8 TeV, respectively. The measurement of the Higgs boson lifetime is derived from its flight distance in the CMS detector with an upper bound of τH<1.9×10-13s at the 95% confidence level (C.L.), corresponding to a lower bound on the width of ΓH>3.5×10-9MeV. The measurement of the width is obtained from an off-shell production technique, generalized to include anomalous couplings of the Higgs boson to two electroweak bosons. From this measurement, a joint constraint is set on the Higgs boson width and a parameter fΛQ that expresses an anomalous coupling contribution as an on-shell cross-section fraction. The limit on the Higgs boson width is ΓH<46MeV with fΛQ unconstrained and ΓH<26MeV for fΛQ=0 at the 95% C.L. The constraint fΛQ<3.8×10-3 at the 95% C.L. is obtained for the expected standard model Higgs boson width.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number072010
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume92
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 22 2015

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Khachatryan, V., Sirunyan, A. M., Tumasyan, A., Adam, W., Asilar, E., Bergauer, T., Brandstetter, J., Brondolin, E., Dragicevic, M., Erö, J., Flechl, M., Friedl, M., Frühwirth, R., Ghete, V. M., Hartl, C., Hörmann, N., Hrubec, J., Jeitler, M., Knünz, V., ... Van Remortel, N. (2015). Limits on the Higgs boson lifetime and width from its decay to four charged leptons. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 92(7), [072010]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.92.072010