Search for narrow high-mass resonances in proton–proton collisions at vs = 8 TeV decaying to a Z and a Higgs boson
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AuthorKhachatryan, Vladimir; Brochero Cifuentes, Javier Andrés; Cabrillo Bartolomé, José Iban; Calderón Tazón, Alicia; Duarte Campderros, Jorge; Fernández García, Marcos; Gómez Gramuglio, Gervasio; Graziano, Alberto; López Virto, María Amparo; Marco de Lucas, Jesús; Marco de Lucas, Rafael José; Martínez Rivero, Celso; Matorras Weinig, Francisco; Muñoz Sánchez, Francisca Javiela; Piedra Gómez, Jonatan; Rodrigo Anoro, Teresa; Rodríguez Marrero, Ana Yaiza; Ruiz Jimeno, Alberto; Scodellaro, Luca; [et al.]
A search for a narrow, high-mass resonance decaying into Z and Higgs (H) bosons is presented. The final state studied consists of a merged jet pair and a t pair resulting from the decays of Z and H bosons, respectively. The analysis is based on a data sample of proton–proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV, collected with the CMS experiment in 2012, and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb-1. In the resonance mass range of interest, which extends from 0.8 to 2.5 TeV, the Z and H bosons are produced with large momenta, which implies that the final products of the two quarks or the two t leptons must be detected within a small angular interval. From a combination of all possible decay modes of the t leptons, production cross sections in a range between 0.9 and 27.8 fb are excluded at 95 % confidence level, depending on the resonance mass.