# Search for lepton flavour violating decays of the Higgs boson to eττ and eμ in proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 8 TeV

CMS Collaboration; Canelli, F; Chiochia, V; Kilminster, B; Robmann, P; et al (2016). Search for lepton flavour violating decays of the Higgs boson to eττ and eμ in proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 8 TeV. Physics Letters B, 763:472-500.

## Abstract

A direct search for lepton flavour violating decays of the Higgs boson (H) in the H→eτ and H→eμ channels is described. The data sample used in the search was collected in proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s}$=8 TeV with the CMS detector at the LHC and corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb$^{−1}$. No evidence is found for lepton flavour violating decays in either final state. Upper limits on the branching fractions, B(H→eτ)<0.69% and B(H→eμ)<0.035% , are set at the 95% confidence level. The constraint set on B(H→eτ) is an order of magnitude more stringent than the existing indirect limits. The limits are used to constrain the corresponding flavour violating Yukawa couplings, absent in the standard model.

## Abstract

A direct search for lepton flavour violating decays of the Higgs boson (H) in the H→eτ and H→eμ channels is described. The data sample used in the search was collected in proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s}$=8 TeV with the CMS detector at the LHC and corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb$^{−1}$. No evidence is found for lepton flavour violating decays in either final state. Upper limits on the branching fractions, B(H→eτ)<0.69% and B(H→eμ)<0.035% , are set at the 95% confidence level. The constraint set on B(H→eτ) is an order of magnitude more stringent than the existing indirect limits. The limits are used to constrain the corresponding flavour violating Yukawa couplings, absent in the standard model.

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Item Type: Journal Article, refereed, original work 07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute 530 Physics English 2016 11 Jan 2017 16:31 11 Jan 2017 16:31 Elsevier 0370-2693 Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2016.09.062

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