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M. Aaboud et al., …, P. Wagner, C. Grefe, L. Schildgen, M. Hübner, M. hansen, T. Klingl, P. Bechtle, K. Desch (für die ATLAS Collaboration-Kollaboration)
Cross-section measurements of the Higgs boson decaying into a pair of tau-leptons in proton-proton collisions at s√=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
A measurement of production cross sections of the Higgs boson in proton-proton collisions is presented in the H→ττ decay channel. The analysis is performed using 36.1fb−1 of data recorded by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at a center-of-mass energy of s√=13 TeV. All combinations of leptonic (τ→lνν¯ with l=e, μ) and hadronic (τ→hadronsν) tau decays are considered. The H→ττ signal over the expected background from other Standard Model processes is established with an observed (expected) significance of 4.4 (4.1) standard deviations. Combined with results obtained using data taken at 7 and 8 TeV center-of-mass energies, the observed (expected) significance amounts to 6.4 (5.4) standard deviations and constitutes an observation of H→ττ decays. Using the data taken at s√=13 TeV, the total cross section in the H→ττ decay channel is measured to be 3.77+0.60−0.59(stat.)+0.87−0.74(syst.)pb, for a Higgs boson of mass 125 GeV assuming the relative contributions of its production modes as predicted by the Standard Model. Total cross sections in the H→ττ decay channel are determined separately for vector-boson-fusion production and gluon-gluon-fusion production to be 0.28±0.09(stat.)+0.11−0.09(syst.)pb and 3.1±1.0(stat.)+1.6−1.3(syst.)pb, respectively. Similarly, results of a fit are reported in the framework of simplified template cross sections. All measurements are in agreement with Standard Model expectations.