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Search for a light charged Higgs boson decaying to a W boson and a CP-odd Higgs boson in final states with e$\mu\mu$ or $\mu\mu\mu$ in proton-proton collisions at $\sqrt{s} =$ 13 TeV

The CMS collaboration Sirunyan, Albert M ; Tumasyan, Armen ; Adam, Wolfgang ; et al.
Phys.Rev.Lett. 123 (2019) 131802, 2019.
Inspire Record 1735729 DOI 10.17182/hepdata.89938

A search for a light charged Higgs boson (H$^+$) decaying to a W boson and a CP-odd Higgs boson (A) in final states with e$\mu\mu$ or $\mu\mu\mu$ is performed using data from pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}=$ 13 TeV, recorded by the CMS detector at the LHC and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb$^{-1}$. In this search, it is assumed that the H$^+$ boson is produced in decays of top quarks, and the A boson decays to two oppositely charged muons. The presence of signals for H$^+$ boson masses between 100 and 160 GeV and A boson masses between 15 and 75 GeV is investigated. No evidence for the production of the H$^+$ boson is found. Upper limits at 95% confidence level are obtained on the combined branching fraction for the decay chain t $\to$ bH$^+$ $\to$ bW$^+$A $\to$ bW$^+\mu^+\mu^-$, of 1.9 $\times$ 10$^{-6}$ to 8.6 $\times$ 10$^{-6}$, depending on the masses of the H$^+$ and A bosons. These are the first limits for these decay modes of the H$^+$ and A bosons.

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Expected and observed upper limits at 95% CL on the branching fraction of the top quark, $\mathcal{B}(\mathrm{t}\to\mathrm{b}\mathrm{H^{+}})$, for the A boson masses ($\mathit{m}_{\mathrm{A}}$), with an assumption of the $\mathrm{H^{+}}$ boson mass $\mathit{m}_{\mathrm{H^{+}}}=\mathit{m}_{\mathrm{A}}$+85 GeV. In the calculation, the $t\overline{t}$ production cross section is set to 832 pb, and the branching fractions $\mathcal{B}(\mathrm{A}\to\mu^{+}\mu^{-})$ and $\mathcal{B}(\mathrm{H^{+}}\to\mathrm{W^{+}}\mathrm{A})$ are assumed to be $3\times10^{-4}$ and 1, respectively.

Expected and observed upper limits at 95% CL on $\mathcal{B}_{sig}=\mathcal{B}(\mathrm{t}\to\mathrm{b}\mathrm{H^{+}})\mathcal{B}(\mathrm{H^{+}}\to\mathrm{W^{+}}\mathrm{A})\mathcal{B}(\mathrm{A}\to\mu^{+}\mu^{-})$ for the A boson masses ($\mathit{m}_{\mathrm{A}}$). The $\mathrm{H^{+}}$ boson mass is assumed to be $\mathit{m}_{\mathrm{A}}$+85 GeV in the calculation.

Expected and observed upper limits at 95% CL on the branching fraction of the top quark, $\mathcal{B}(\mathrm{t}\to\mathrm{b}\mathrm{H^{+}})$, for the A boson masses ($\mathit{m}_{\mathrm{A}}$), with an assumption of the $\mathrm{H^{+}}$ boson mass $\mathit{m}_{\mathrm{H^{+}}}$ = 160 GeV. In the calculation, the $t\overline{t}$ production cross section is set to 832 pb, and the branching fractions $\mathcal{B}(\mathrm{A}\to\mu^{+}\mu^{-})$ and $\mathcal{B}(\mathrm{H^{+}}\to\mathrm{W^{+}}\mathrm{A})$ are assumed to be $3\times10^{-4}$ and 1, respectively.

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