A search for dark matter pair production in association with a Higgs boson decaying to a pair of bottom quarks is presented, using 3.2 fb−1 of pp collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The decay of the Higgs boson is reconstructed as a high-momentum bb¯ system with either a pair of small-radius jets, or a single large-radius jet with substructure. The observed data are found to be consistent with the expected backgrounds. Results are interpreted using a simplified model with a Z′ gauge boson mediating the interaction between dark matter and the Standard Model as well as a two-Higgs-doublet model containing an additional Z′ boson which decays to a Standard Model Higgs boson and a new pseudoscalar Higgs boson, the latter decaying into a pair of dark matter particles.

Aaboud, M., Aad, G., Abbott, B., Abdallah, J., Abdinov, O., Abeloos, B., et al. (2017). Search for dark matter in association with a Higgs boson decaying to b-quarks in pp collisions at √s =13 TeV with the ATLAS detector. PHYSICS LETTERS. SECTION B, 765, 11-31 [10.1016/j.physletb.2016.11.035].

Search for dark matter in association with a Higgs boson decaying to b-quarks in pp collisions at √s =13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

Ceradini F.;Di Micco B.;Di Nardo R.;Orestano D.;Petrucci F.;Puddu D.;Salamanna G.;