A search for high-mass resonances decaying into τ+τ− final states using proton-proton collisions at √s=8 TeV produced by the Large Hadron Collider is presented. The data were recorded with the ATLAS detector and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 19.5–20.3 fb⁻¹. No statistically significant excess above the Standard Model expectation is observed; 95% credibility upper limits are set on the cross section times branching fraction of Z′ resonances decaying into τ⁺τ⁻ pairs as a function of the resonance mass. As a result, Z′ bosons of the Sequential Standard Model with masses less than 2.02 TeV are excluded at 95% credibility. The impact of the fermionic couplings on the Z′ acceptance is investigated and limits are also placed on a Z′ model that exhibits enhanced couplings to third-generation fermions.
Aad, G., Abbott, B., Abdallah, J., Abdel Khalek, S., Abdinov, O., Aben, R., et al. (2015). A search for high-mass resonances decaying to tau(+)tau(-) in pp collisions at root s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector. JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS(7), 1-43 [10.1007/JHEP07(2015)157].