A search for charged Higgs bosons heavier than the top quark and decaying via H ± → tb is presented. The data analysed corresponds to 36.1 fb −1 of pp collisions at s=13 TeV and was recorded with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in 2015 and 2016. The production of a charged Higgs boson in association with a top quark and a bottom quark, pp → tbH ± , is explored in the mass range from m H ± = 200 to 2000 GeV using multi-jet final states with one or two electrons or muons. Events are categorised according to the multiplicity of jets and how likely these are to have originated from hadronisation of a bottom quark. Multivariate techniques are used to discriminate between signal and background events. No significant excess above the background-only hypothesis is observed and exclusion limits are derived for the production cross-section times branching ratio of a charged Higgs boson as a function of its mass, which range from 2.9 pb at m H ± = 200 GeV to 0.070 pb at m H ± = 2000 GeV. The results are interpreted in two benchmark scenarios of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model.[Figure not available: see fulltext.].
Aaboud, M., Aad, G., Abbott, B., Abdinov, O., Abeloos, B., Abhayasinghe, D.K., et al. (2018). Search for charged Higgs bosons decaying into top and bottom quarks at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector. JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, 2018(11) [10.1007/JHEP11(2018)085].