Search for a non-minimal Higgs boson produced in the reaction e+e- → hZ*

D. Buskulic, I. De Bonis, D. Decamp, P. Ghez, C. Goy, J. P. Lees, M. N. Minard, B. Pietrzyk, F. Ariztizabal, P. Comas, J. M. Crespo, M. Delfino, I. Efthymiopoulos, E. Fernandez, M. Fernandez-Bosman, V. Gaitan, Ll Garrido, T. Mattison, A. Pacheco, C. PadillaA. Pascual, D. Creanza, M. de Palma, A. Farilla, G. Iaselli, G. Maggi, S. Natali, S. Nuzzo, M. Quattromini, A. Ranieri, G. Raso, F. Romano, F. Ruggieri, G. Selvaggi, L. Silvestris, P. Tempesta, G. Zito, Y. Chai, H. Hu, D. Huang, X. Huang, J. Lin, T. Wang, Y. Xie, D. Xu, R. Xu, J. Zhang, L. Zhang, W. Zhao, E. Blucher, G. Bonvicini, J. Boudreau, D. Casper, H. Drevermann, R. W. Forty, G. Ganis, C. Gay, R. Hagelberg, J. Harvey, J. Hilgart, R. Jacobsen, B. Jost, J. Knobloch, I. Lehraus, T. Lohse, M. Maggi, C. Markou, M. Martinez, P. Mato, H. Meinhard, A. Minten, A. Miotto, R. Miquel, H. G. Moser, P. Palazzi, J. R. Pater, J. A. Perlas, J. F. Pusztaszeri, F. Ranjard, G. Redlinger, L. Rolandi, J. Rothberg, T. Ruan, M. Saich, D. Schlatter, M. Schmelling, F. Sefkow, W. Tejessy, I. R. Tomalin, R. Veenhof, H. Wachsmuth, S. Wasserbaech, W. Wiedenmann, T. Wildish, W. Witzeling, J. Wotschack, Z. Ajaltouni, F. Badaud, M. Bardadin-Otwinowska, R. El Fellous

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A data sample corresponding to 1.23 million hadronic Z decays collected by the ALEPH detector at LEP has been searched for signals of the production of a non-minimal CP-even Higgs boson h in the reaction e+e- → hZ*. The h decay modes considered were: those of the minimal standard model Higgs boson, with modified branching ratios; decays into a pair of CP-odd Higgs bosons A; and decays into invisible final states. Only one event was found, a very acoplanar e+e- pair which could originate from the standard model background process e+e- → e+e-v v ̄. Upper limits for the cross-section of the reaction e+e- → hZ* have been derived as a function of mh, the mass of the Higgs boson h. In the case of invisible decays, the 95% CL lower limit on mh is 65 GeV/c2 for a production cross-section equal to that of a minimal standard model Higgs boson. When combined with previous ALEPH results on the reaction e+e- → hA, these cross-section upper limits exclude a domain in the (mh mA) plane of the MSSM such that if invisible h and A decays can be neglected, 95% CL lower limits of 44 and 21 GeV/c2 result for mh and mA, respectively, independent of the other parameters of the model. © 1993.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-325
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 1993


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