## Abstract

A search for a massive resonance ${\mathrm{W}^{\prime }}$decaying into a W and a Higgs boson in the $\ell \nu \mathrm{b} \overline{\mathrm{b}} (\ell = \mathrm {e}, \mu)$ final state is presented. Results are based on data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of $19.7\,\text {fb}^{{-1}}$ of proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s}=8~\text {TeV}$, collected using the CMS detector at the LHC. For a high-mass $(\gtrsim1~\text {TeV})$ resonance, the two bottom quarks coming from the Higgs boson decay are reconstructed as a single jet, which can be tagged by placing requirements on its substructure and flavour. Exclusion limits at 95 % confidence level are set on the production cross section of a narrow resonance decaying into WH, as a function of its mass. In the context of a little Higgs model, a lower limit on the ${\mathrm{W}^{\prime }}$ mass of $1.4~\text {TeV}$ is set. In a heavy vector triplet model that mimics the properties of composite Higgs models, a lower limit on the ${\mathrm{W}^{\prime }}$ mass of $1.5~\text {TeV}$ is set. In the context of this model, the results are combined with related searches to obtain a lower limit on the ${\mathrm{W}^{\prime }}$ mass of $1.8~\text {TeV}$, the most restrictive to date for decays to a pair of standard model bosons.