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Search for heavy resonances decaying into a Z or W boson and a Higgs boson in final states with leptons and b-jets in 139 fb−1 of pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector ATLAS Collaboration


This article presents a search for new resonances decaying into a Z or W boson and a 125 GeV Higgs boson h, and it targets the ννb¯ ¯b, ` + ` − b ¯b, or ` ± νb¯b final states, where ` = e or µ, in proton-proton collisions at √ s = 13 TeV. The data used correspond to a total integrated luminosity of 139 fb−1 collected by the ATLAS detector during Run 2 of the LHC at CERN. The search is conducted by examining the reconstructed invariant or transverse mass distributions of Zh or W h candidates for evidence of a localised excess in the mass range from 220 GeV to 5 TeV. No significant excess is observed and 95% confidence-level upper limits between 1.3 pb and 0.3 fb are placed on the production cross section times branching fraction of neutral and charged spin-1 resonances and CP-odd scalar bosons. These limits are converted into constraints on the parameter space of the Heavy Vector Triplet model and the two-Higgs-doublet model.

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