Search for a standard model Higgs boson in CMS via vector boson fusion in the H -> WW -> l nu l nu channel

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Yazgan E., Damgov J., Akchurin N., Genchev V., Green D., Kunori S., ...More

EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C, vol.53, no.2, pp.329-347, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-007-0485-2
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.329-347
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


We present the potential for discovering the standard model Higgs boson produced via the vector-boson fusion mechanism. We considered the decay of Higgs bosons to the W(+)W(-)final state, with both W-bosons subsequently decaying leptonically. The main background is t (t) over bar produced in association with one or more jets. This study is based on a full simulation of the CMS detector. The result is that a signal of 5 sigma significance can be obtained with an integrated luminosity of 12-72 fb(-1) stop for Higgs boson masses in the range 130 < m(H)< 200 GeV. In addition, the major background can be measured directly to 7% from the data with an integrated luminosity of 30 fb(-1) stop. We also suggest a method to determine the Higgs mass using template transverse mass distributions.