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Observing H -> W*W* -> e mu pT(miss) in weak boson fusion with dual forward jet tagging at the LHC

Authors
  • Rainwater, D.
  • Zeppenfeld, D.
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
Dec 22, 1999
Submission Date
Jun 02, 1999
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.61.099901
arXiv ID: hep-ph/9906218
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

Weak boson fusion promises to be a copious source of intermediate mass Standard Model Higgs bosons at the LHC. The additional very energetic forward jets in these events provide for powerful background suppression tools. We analyze the H -> W^(*)W^(*) -> e mu pTmiss decay mode for a Higgs boson mass in the 130-200 GeV range. A parton level analysis of the dominant backgrounds (production of W pairs, tt~ and Z -> tau tau in association with jets) demonstrates that this channel allows the observation of H -> W^(*)W^(*) in a virtually background-free environment, yielding a significant Higgs boson signal with an integrated luminosity of 5 fb^-1 or less. Weak boson fusion achieves a much better signal to background ratio than inclusive H -> e mu pTmiss and is therefore the most promising search channel in the 130-200 GeV mass range.

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