Search for the Standard Model Higgs Boson in the H -> WW -> lvq '(q)over-bar Decay Channel
ABSTRACT We present a search for the standard model Higgs boson (H) in pp collisions at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV in events containing a charged lepton (ℓ), missing transverse energy, and at least two jets, using 5.4 fb(-1) of integrated luminosity recorded with the D0 detector at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider. This analysis is sensitive primarily to Higgs bosons produced through the fusion of two gluons or two electroweak bosons, with subsequent decay H→WW→ℓνq'q, where ℓ is an electron or muon. The search is also sensitive to contributions from other production channels, such as WH→ℓνbb. In the absence of a signal, we set limits at the 95% C.L. on the cross section for H production σ(pp→H+X) in these final states. For a mass of M(H)=160 GeV, the limit is a factor of 3.9 larger than the cross section in the standard model and consistent with an a priori expected sensitivity of 5.0.
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ABSTRACT: This note describes an assessment of the statistical significance of the recently released ATLAS data regarding the Higgs search in the decay channels especially suited for the low mass region, in particular the diphoton and four lepton decay channels. Besides providing the significance evaluation of the considered channels, alone or combined, in the low mass range from 110 to 146 GeV, some details of the profile likelihood procedure employed for the calculations are described, too. Special emphasis is given to the look elsewhere effect, which arises when the search of a new signal is carried out over a broad mass range, therefore specifying separately local and global significances. When combined together, the global p-value of the localized excesses detected in the two channels is found equal to either 0.033 or 0.013, corresponding, respectively, to a significance of 1.8 sigma and 2.2 sigma depending upon the assumption of mutual independence or dependence of the amplitudes of the expected signal in each channel. Among the other obtained results, the local and global significances of the two channels individually taken are computed in good agreement with those reported by the Collaboration, while only a minor discrepancy is found for their combined local significance. Finally, some considerations are illustrated related to the low statistics four lepton decay channel, showing that a search strategy different from the profile likelihood method, e.g. scan statistics, can result in a substantially different significance, enhanced to a 3.3 sigma global effect.
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ABSTRACT: Recent evidence from the LHC for the Higgs boson with mass between 142 GeV < m_h < 147GeV points to PeV-scale Split Supersymmetry. This article explores the consequences of a Higgs mass in this range and possible discovery modes for Split Susy. Moderate lifetime gluinos, with decay lengths in the 25 microns to 10 years range, are its imminent smoking gun signature. The 7 TeV LHC will be sensitive to the moderately lived gluinos and trilepton signatures from direct electroweakino production. Moreover, the dark matter abundance may be obtained from annihilation through an s-channel Higgs resonance, with the LSP almost purely bino and mass m_chi = 70 GeV. The Higgs resonance region of Split Susy has visible signatures in dark matter direct and indirect detection and electric dipole moment experiments. If the anomalies go away, the majority of Split Susy parameter space will be excluded.