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Search for single vector-like B quark production and decay via B → bH(b¯b) in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector ATLAS Collaboration


A search is presented for single production of a vector-like B quark decaying into a Standard Model b-quark and a Standard Model Higgs boson, which decays into a b ¯b pair. The search is carried out in 139 fb−1 of √ s = 13 TeV proton-proton collision data collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC between 2015 and 2018. No signifcant deviation from the Standard Model background prediction is observed, and mass-dependent exclusion limits at the 95% confdence level are set on the resonance production cross-section in several theoretical scenarios determined by the couplings cW , cZ and cH between the B quark and the Standard Model W, Z and Higgs bosons, respectively. For a vector-like B occurring as an isospin singlet, the search excludes values of cW greater than 0.45 for a B resonance mass (mB) between 1.0 and 1.2 TeV. For 1.2 TeV < mB < 2.0 TeV, cW values larger than 0.50–0.65 are excluded. If the B occurs as part of a (B, Y ) doublet, the smallest excluded cZ coupling values range between 0.3 and 0.5 across the investigated resonance mass range 1.0 TeV < mB < 2.0 TeV.

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