Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Physics & Astronomy
Ira J. Kroll
This thesis presents preliminary results of a search for Higgs boson production
in association with top quarks in multilepton final states. The search
was conducted in the 2012 dataset of proton-proton
collisions delivered by the CERN Large Hadron Collider at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV and collected by
the ATLAS experiment. The dataset corresponds to an integrated luminosity of
20.3 inverse femtobarns. The analysis is conducted by measuring event counts in
signal regions distinguished by the number of leptons (2 same-sign,
3, and 4), jets and b-tagged jets present in the reconstructed events. The observed
events in the signal regions constitute an excess over
the expected number of background events. The results
are evaluated using a frequentist statistical model.
The observed exclusion upper limit at the 95 % confidence
level is 5.50 times the predicted Standard Model production cross section for Higgs production in association with top quarks. The fitted value of the ratio of the observed production rate to the expected Standard Model
production rate is 2.83 $+$ 1.58 $-$ 1.35.
Lester, Christopher, "A Search for the Higgs Boson Produced in Association With Top Quarks in Multilepton Final States at Atlas" (2015). Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations. 1083.