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Search for rare decays of Z and Higgs bosons to J/ and a photon in proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV

Author
Sirunyan A.M. Yerevan Physics Institute, Armenia
Finger Miroslav, prof. Ing. DrSc. Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague
Finger Michael, M.Sc. CSc. Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, JINR Dubna
Afanasjev , Dr. JINR
et al.  different institutions

Year
2019

Scientific journal
EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C 79 (2) 94

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Abstract
A search is presented for decays of Z and Higgs bosons to a J/ meson and a photon, with the subsequent decay of the J/ to +-. The analysis uses data from proton-proton collisions with an integrated luminosity of 35.9fb-1 at =13collected with the CMS detector at the LHC. The observed limit on the ZJ/ decay branching fraction, assuming that the J/ meson is produced unpolarized, is 1.4x10-6 at 95% confidence level, which corresponds to a rate higher than expected in the standard model by a factor of 15. For extreme-polarization scenarios, the observed limit changes from -13.6 to +8.6% with respect to the unpolarized scenario. The observed upper limit on the branching fraction for HJ/ where the J/ meson is assumed to be transversely polarized is 7.6x10-4, a factor of 260 larger than the standard model prediction. The results for the Higgs boson are combined with previous data from proton-proton collisions at =8TeV to produce an observed upper limit on the branching fraction for HJ/ that is a factor of 220 larger than the standard model value.

Cite article as:
A. Sirunyan, M. Finger, M. Finger, . Afanasjev, . et al., "Search for rare decays of Z and Higgs bosons to J/ and a photon in proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV ", EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C 79 (2) 94 (2019)