A search for the exclusive decays of the Higgs and Z bosons to a phi or rho meson and a photon is performed with a pp collision data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of up to 35.6 fb(-1) collected at root s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. These decays have been suggested as a probe of the Higgs boson couplings to light quarks. No significant excess of events is observed above the background, as expected from the Standard Model. Upper limits at 95% confidence level were obtained on the branching fractions of the Higgs boson decays to phi gamma and rho gamma of 4.8 x 10(-4) and 8.8 x 10(-4), respectively. The corresponding 95% confidence level upper limits for the Z boson decays are 0.9 x 10(-6) and 25 x 10(-6) for phi gamma and rho gamma, respectively.

Aaboud, M., Aad, G., Abbott, B., Abdinov, O., Abeloos, B., Abidi, S.H., et al. (2018). Search for exclusive Higgs and Z boson decays to ϕγ and ργ with the ATLAS detector. JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, 2018(7) [10.1007/JHEP07(2018)127].

Search for exclusive Higgs and Z boson decays to ϕγ and ργ with the ATLAS detector

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