Measurements of WH and ZH production in the H→bb¯ decay channel in pp collisions at 13TeV with the ATLAS detector
Date of Archiving2021
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High Energy Physics
Experimental High Energy Physics
Key wordsbottom quark; VH production; STXS measurement
Measurements of the Standard Model Higgs boson decaying into a bb¯ pair and produced in association with a W or Z boson decaying into leptons, using proton-proton collision data collected between 2015 and 2018 by the ATLAS detector, are presented. The measurements use data delivered by the Large Hadron Collider at a centre-of-mass energy of √s =13 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 139 fb−1. Cross-sections of associated production of a Higgs boson decaying into bottom quark pairs with an electroweak gauge boson, W or Z, decaying into leptons are measured as a function of the gauge boson transverse momentum in kinematic fiducial volumes corresponding to the stage-1.2 simplified template cross-sections (STXS) scheme. Only the central kinematic region with an absolute rapidity of the Higgs boson |yH| of less than 2.5 is considered. The cross-section measurements are all consistent with the Standard Model expectations, and the total uncertainties vary from 30% in the high gauge boson transverse momentum regions to 85% in the low regions. Limits are subsequently set on the Wilson coefficients of a number of dim-6 operators in the Standard Model Effective Field Theory (SMEFT) which modify the WH and ZH processes as well as the Higgs boson decay to bb¯. These limits are also expressed in terms of constraints on an orthogonal set of linear combinations of operators to which this analysis is sensitive.