Speedy Higgs boson discovery in decays to tau lepton pairs: h → ττ

  • Alan J. Barr
  • Sky T. French
  • James A. Frost
  • Christopher G. Lester


Discovery of the Higgs boson in any decay channel depends on the existence of event variables or cuts with sensitivity to the presence of the Higgs. We demonstrate the non-optimality of the kinematic variables which are currently expected to play the largest role in the discovery (or exclusion) of the Higgs at the LHC in the ττ channel. Any LHC collaboration looking for opportunities to gain advantages over its rivals should, perhaps, consider the alternative strategy we propose.


Higgs Physics Hadronic Colliders 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Barr
    • 1
  • Sky T. French
    • 2
  • James A. Frost
    • 2
  • Christopher G. Lester
    • 2
  1. 1.Denys Wilkinson BuildingOxfordU.K.
  2. 2.Cavendish Laboratory, Dept of PhysicsCambridgeU.K.

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