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Oxana Smirnova

Oxana Smirnova

Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of division

Oxana Smirnova

Search for resonant and non-resonant Higgs boson pair production in the bb¯ τ+τ− decay channel using 13 TeV pp collision data from the ATLAS detector


  • G. Aad
  • T.P.A. Åkesson
  • E.E. Corrigan
  • C. Doglioni
  • J. Geisen
  • E. Hansen
  • V. Hedberg
  • G. Jarlskog
  • B. Konya
  • E. Lytken
  • K.H. Mankinen
  • C. Marcon
  • J.U. Mjörnmark
  • G.A. Mullier
  • R. Poettgen
  • N.D. Simpson
  • E. Skorda
  • O. Smirnova
  • L. Zwalinski

Summary, in English

A search for Higgs boson pair production in events with two b-jets and two τ-leptons is presented, using a proton–proton collision dataset with an integrated luminosity of 139 fb −1 collected at s = 13 TeV by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Higgs boson pairs produced non-resonantly or in the decay of a narrow scalar resonance in the mass range from 251 to 1600 GeV are targeted. Events in which at least one τ-lepton decays hadronically are considered, and multivariate discriminants are used to reject the backgrounds. No significant excess of events above the expected background is observed in the non-resonant search. The largest excess in the resonant search is observed at a resonance mass of 1 TeV, with a local (global) significance of 3.1σ (2.0σ). Observed (expected) 95% confidence-level upper limits are set on the non-resonant Higgs boson pair-production cross-section at 4.7 (3.9) times the Standard Model prediction, assuming Standard Model kinematics, and on the resonant Higgs boson pair-production cross-section at between 21 and 900 fb (12 and 840 fb), depending on the mass of the narrow scalar resonance. [Figure not available: see fulltext.] © 2023, The Author(s).


  • Particle and nuclear physics
  • eSSENCE: The e-Science Collaboration

Publishing year





Journal of High Energy Physics





Document type

Journal article




  • Subatomic Physics


  • Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • Higgs Physics
  • Proton-Proton Scattering




  • ISSN: 1029-8479