Search for Higgs bosons decaying to WW in e+e- collisions at LEP

S. Schael, R. Barate, R. Brunelière, I. De Bonis, D. Decamp, C. Goy, S. Jézéquel, J.-P. Lees, F. Martin, E. Merle, M.-N. Minard, B. Pietrzyk (+265 others)
2006 European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields  
A search for Higgs bosons produced in association with a fermion pair, and decaying to WW, is performed with the data collected by the ALEPH detector at centre-of-mass energies ranging from 191 to 209 GeV. The data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 453.2 pb^-1. Thirteen exclusive selections are developed according to the different final state topologies. No statistically significant evidence for a Higgs boson decaying into a WW pair has been found. An upper limit is derived, as a
more » ... erived, as a function of the Higgs boson mass, on the product of the e+e- -> Hff cross section and the H -> WW branching ratio. The data on the search for H -> WW are combined with previously published ALEPH results on the search for H -> gamma gamma, to significantly extend the limits on the mass of a fermiophobic Higgs boson.
doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-006-0158-6 fatcat:3bq6t2znyzd2lhxk2uva5fnd3a