Multi-lepton signals of the Higgs boson

Emmanuel Contreras-Campana, Nathaniel Craig, Richard Gray, Can Kilic, Michael Park, Sunil Somalwar, Scott Thomas

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The possibility of searching for the Higgs boson in channels with multiple nonresonant leptons is evaluated in light of recent advances in multi-lepton search techniques at the LHC. The total multi-lepton Higgs signal exceeds the four lepton gold-plated resonant mode, but is spread over many channels with same-sign di-lepton, tri-lepton, and four lepton final states. While any individual channel alone is not significant, the exclusive combination across multiple channels is shown to provide a sensitivity nearly comparable to other discovery level searches for the Higgs boson. We estimate that with 5 fb -1 of data, existing non-optimized multi-lepton searches at the LHC could exclude the Higgs boson to 95% CL at a few times the predicted Standard Model cross section in the mass range 20 - 150 GeV. Refinements focused specifically on the Higgs boson signal are suggested that would further increase sensitivity. We illustrate the possibility of discerning patterns in production and decay modes using correlations across multiple channels by comparing sensitivities to Standard Model, Fermi-phobic, and b-phobic Higgs bosons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number112
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Higgs physics
  • Standard model


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