Higgs boson decays to taus: probing the Standard Model and beyond with the CMS experiment

PPRC Seminars
Rebecca Lane (Queen Mary)
Teppei Katori
January 20th, 2017 at 13:30
GO Jones Room 410

Searches for neutral Higgs bosons in a final state containing two taus are presented, using data from the CMS experiment. Evidence for a standard model-like Higgs boson decaying into taus is demonstrated using data from Run 1 of the LHC. The usefulness of taus in beyond the standard model physics searches is illustrated with the most recent analysis searching for extra neutral Higgs bosons of the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM) for a wide range of possible Higgs boson masses. These searches are made with the early data from Run 2 of the LHC. Finally, direct searches for MSSM Higgs bosons are complemented by an analysis looking for a heavier neutral Higgs boson decaying into two light SM-like Higgs bosons in a final state of two taus and two b-quarks. The implications of these results on the SM and MSSM Higgs boson sector are discussed.