Evidence for the spin-0 nature of the Higgs boson using ATLAS data
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Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
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Studies of the spin and parity quantum numbers of the Higgs boson are presented, based on proton-proton collision data collected by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. The Standard Model spin-parity JP=0+ hypothesis is compared with alternative hypotheses using the Higgs boson decays H→γγ, H→ZZ*→4ℓ and H→WW*→ℓνℓν, as well as the combination of these channels. The analysed dataset corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 20.7 fb-1 collected at a centre-of-mass energy of s=8TeV. For the H→ZZ*→4ℓ decay mode the dataset corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 4.6 fb-1 collected at s=7TeV is included. The data are compatible with the Standard Model JP=0+ quantum numbers for the Higgs boson, whereas all alternative hypotheses studied in this Letter, namely some specific JP=0-, 1+, 1-, 2+ models, are excluded at confidence levels above 97.8%. This exclusion holds independently of the assumptions on the coupling strengths to the Standard Model particles and in the case of the JP=2+ model, of the relative fractions of gluon-fusion and quark-antiquark production of the spin-2 particle. The data thus provide evidence for the spin-0 nature of the Higgs boson, with positive parity being strongly preferred.
AuthorsAad, G; Abajyan, T; Abbott, B; Abdallah, J; AbdelKhalek, S; Abdinov, O; Aben, R; Abi, B; Abolins, M; AbouZeid, OS; Abramowicz, H; Abreu, H; Abulaiti, Y; Acharya, BS; Adamczyk, L; Adams, DL; Addy, TN; Adelman, J; Adomeit, S; Adye, T; Aefsky, S; Aguilar-Saavedra, JA; Agustoni, M; Ahlen, SP; Ahmad, A; Ahsan, M; Aielli, G; Åkesson, TPA; Akimoto, G; Akimov, AV; Alam, MA; Albert, J; Albrand, S; AlconadaVerzini, MJ; Aleksa, M; Aleksandrov, IN; Alessandria, F; Alexa, C; Alexander, G; Alexandre, G; Alexopoulos, T; Alhroob, M; Aliev, M; Alimonti, G; Alio, L; Alison, J; Allbrooke, BMM; Allison, LJ; Allport, PP; Allwood-Spiers, SE; Almond, J; Aloisio, A; Alon, R; Alonso, A; Alonso, F; Altheimer, A; AlvarezGonzalez, B; Alviggi, MG; Amako, K; AmaralCoutinho, Y; Amelung, C; Ammosov, VV; AmorDosSantos, SP; Amorim, A; Amoroso, S; Amram, N; Anastopoulos, C; Ancu, LS; Andari, N; Andeen, T; Anders, CF; Anders, G; Anderson, KJ; Andreazza, A; Andrei, V; Anduaga, XS; Angelidakis, S; Anger, P; Angerami, A; Anghinolfi, F; Anisenkov, AV; Anjos, N; Annovi, A; Antonaki, A; Antonelli, M; Antonov, A; Antos, J; Anulli, F; Aoki, M; AperioBella, L
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