A search for Higgs boson production in association with a W or Z boson, in the H→ W W∗ decay channel, is performed with a data sample collected with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in proton-proton collisions at centre-of-mass energies √s=7 TeV and 8 TeV, corresponding to integrated luminosities of 4.5 fb⁻¹ and 20.3 fb⁻¹, respectively. The WH production mode is studied in two-lepton and three-lepton final states, while two- lepton and four-lepton final states are used to search for the ZH production mode. The observed significance, for the combined W H and ZH production, is 2.5 standard deviations while a significance of 0.9 standard deviations is expected in the Standard Model Higgs boson hypothesis. The ratio of the combined W H and ZH signal yield to the Standard Model expectation, μV H , is found to be μV H = 3.0− 1.1+ 1.3(stat.)− 0.7+ 1.0(sys.) for the Higgs boson mass of 125.36 GeV. The W H and ZH production modes are also combined with the gluon fusion and vector boson fusion production modes studied in the H → W W∗ → ℓνℓν decay channel, resulting in an overall observed significance of 6.5 standard deviations and μggF + VBF + VH = 1. 16− 0.15+ 0.16(stat.)− 0.15+ 0.18(sys.). The results are interpreted in terms of scaling factors of the Higgs boson couplings to vector bosons (κV ) and fermions (κF ); the combined results are: |κV| = 1.06− 0.10+ 0.10, |κF| = 0. 85− 0.20+ 0.26.

Aad, G., Abbott, B., Abdallah, J., Abdinov, O., Aben, R., Abolins, M., et al. (2015). Study of (W/Z)H production and Higgs boson couplings using H→ W W* decays with the ATLAS detector. JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, 2015(8) [10.1007/JHEP08(2015)137].

Study of (W/Z)H production and Higgs boson couplings using H→ W W* decays with the ATLAS detector

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