Measurements of the Higgs boson production and decay rates and coupling strengths using pp collision data at \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV in the ATLAS experiment

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  • B. Abbott
  • J. Abdallah
  • O. Abdinov
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  • J. Goncalves Pinto Firmino Da Costa
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  • N. Lorenzo Martinez
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Regular Article - Experimental Physics

Abstract

Combined analyses of the Higgs boson production and decay rates as well as its coupling strengths to vector bosons and fermions are presented. The combinations include the results of the analyses of the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma ,\, ZZ^*,\, WW^*,\, Z\gamma ,\, b\bar{b},\, \tau \tau \) and \(\mu \mu \) decay modes, and the constraints on the associated production with a pair of top quarks and on the off-shell coupling strengths of the Higgs boson. The results are based on the LHC proton-proton collision datasets, with integrated luminosities of up to 4.7 \(\mathrm {fb}^{-1}\) at \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV and 20.3 \(\mathrm {fb}^{-1}\) at \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV, recorded by the ATLAS detector in 2011 and 2012. Combining all production modes and decay channels, the measured signal yield, normalised to the Standard Model expectation, is \(1.18^{+0.15}_{-0.14}\). The observed Higgs boson production and decay rates are interpreted in a leading-order coupling framework, exploring a wide range of benchmark coupling models both with and without assumptions on the Higgs boson width and on the Standard Model particle content in loop processes. The data are found to be compatible with the Standard Model expectations for a Higgs boson at a mass of 125.36 GeV for all models considered.

1 Introduction

In 2012, the ATLAS and CMS Collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) reported the observation of a new particle at a mass of approximately 125 GeV [1, 2]. The discovery made in the search for the Standard Model (SM) Higgs boson (H), is a milestone in the quest to understand electroweak symmetry breaking (EWSB). Within the SM, EWSB is achieved through the Brout–Englert–Higgs mechanism [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] which predicts the existence of a neutral scalar particle, commonly known as the Higgs boson. While the SM does not predict the value of its mass (\(m_H\)), the production cross sections and decay branching ratios (BR) of the Higgs boson can be precisely calculated once the mass is known. Therefore, precision measurements of the properties of the new particle are critical in ascertaining whether the newly discovered particle is fully responsible for EWSB and whether there are potential deviations from SM predictions.

At the LHC, SM production of the Higgs boson is dominated by the gluon fusion process \(gg\rightarrow H\) (ggF), followed by the vector-boson fusion process \(qq'\rightarrow qq'H\) (VBF). Associated production with a W boson \(q\bar{q}'\rightarrow WH\) (WH), a Z boson \(q\bar{q}/gg\rightarrow ZH\) (ZH) or with a pair of top quarks \(q\bar{q}/gg\rightarrow t\bar{t}H\) (ttH) have sizeable contributions as well. The WH and ZH production processes are collectively referred to as the VH process. Contributions are also expected from \(b\bar{b}\rightarrow H\) (bbH) and production in association with a single top quark (tH). The latter proceeds through either the \(qb\rightarrow tHq'\) or \(gb\rightarrow WtH\) process. With the present dataset, the LHC is expected to be most sensitive to the Higgs boson decays of \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma ,\, ZZ^*,\, WW^*,\, \tau \tau \) and \(b\bar{b}\). Together they account for approximately 88 % of all decays of a SM Higgs boson at \(m_H\sim 125\) GeV.

The discovery of the Higgs boson was made through analyses of the bosonic decay modes in \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \), \(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\rightarrow 4\ell \) and \(H\rightarrow WW^*\rightarrow \ell \nu \ell \nu \) (\(\ell =e,\,\mu \)) events. Since the discovery, these analyses have been improved and updated with more data [9, 10, 11]. The \(H\rightarrow WW^*\rightarrow \ell \nu \ell \nu \) analysis has been supplemented with a dedicated VH analysis targeting \(H\rightarrow WW^*\) [12]. The ATLAS Collaboration has measured the Higgs boson mass from the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) and \(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\rightarrow 4\ell \) decays to be \(m_H=125.36\pm 0.41\) GeV [13], reported results in the \(H\rightarrow \tau \tau \) [14] and \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) [15] fermionic decay modes, and published upper limits on the rare decays \(H\rightarrow Z\gamma \) [16] and \(H\rightarrow \mu \mu \) [17]. Furthermore, constraints have been set on the ttH production rate [18, 19, 20] and on the off-shell coupling strengths of the Higgs boson [21]. These results are based on the full proton-proton collision data with integrated luminosities of up to 4.7 \(\mathrm{fb}^{-1}\) at a centre-of-mass energy \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV recorded in 2011 and 20.3 \(\mathrm{fb}^{-1}\) at \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV recorded in 2012 by the ATLAS detector at the LHC. A detailed description of the ATLAS detector can be found in Ref. [22].

This paper presents the combined results of the analyses mentioned above. These analyses are designed for maximum sensitivities to SM Higgs boson production from different processes, exploiting in particular the differences in kinematics through categorisation of the selected events. Thus the yields of different Higgs boson production processes and decays can be extracted. The Higgs boson coupling strengths to SM vector bosons and fermions in different benchmark models are probed for the measured Higgs boson mass of \(m_H=125.36\) GeV. All results are obtained assuming the Higgs boson has a small total decay width such that its production and decay factorise. The ATLAS Collaboration has previously published combined studies of Higgs boson production and decay rates [23] and of spin-parity properties [24, 25] using diboson final states. The results are found to be consistent with expectations from the SM Higgs boson. Compared with the previous publication, the current results are based on the improved analysis sensitivities and the addition of information from other decay modes. A similar combination has been published by the CMS Collaboration [26].

The paper is organised as follows. Section 2 briefly summarises the individual analyses that are included in the combinations and Sect. 3 outlines the statistical method and the treatment of systematic uncertainties used in the combinations. In Sect. 4, the measured Higgs boson yields are compared with the SM predictions for different production processes and decay modes. In Sect. 5, the coupling strengths of the Higgs boson are tested through fits to the observed data. These studies probe possible deviations from the SM predictions under various assumptions, motivated in many cases by beyond-the-SM (BSM) physics scenarios. An upper limit on the branching ratio to invisible or undetected decay modes of the Higgs boson is also set. Finally, a brief summary is presented in Sect. 6.

2 Input analyses to the combinations

The inputs to the combinations are the results from the analyses of \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma ,\, ZZ^*,\, WW^*,\, \tau \tau ,\, b\bar{b},\, \mu \mu \) and \(Z\gamma \) decay modes, and of the constraints on ttH and off-shell Higgs boson production. These analyses and changes made for the combinations are briefly discussed in this section. The ATLAS Collaboration has also performed a search for the rare \(H\rightarrow J/\psi \gamma \) decay [27] which has the potential to constrain the Higgs boson coupling strength to the charm quark. However, the current result does not add sensitivity and is therefore omitted from the combinations. Furthermore, the inclusion of the results from direct searches for Higgs boson decays to invisible particles, such as those reported in Refs. [28, 29], is beyond the scope of the combinations presented in this paper.

The theoretical calculations of the Higgs boson production cross sections and decay branching ratios have been compiled in Refs. [30, 31, 32] and are summarised in Table 1. For the ggF process, the cross section is computed at up to NNLO in QCD corrections [33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38] and NLO in electroweak (EW) corrections [39, 40, 41]. The effects of QCD soft-gluon resummations at up to NNLL [42] are also applied. These calculations are described in Refs. [43, 44, 45, 46, 47]. For the VBF process, full QCD and EW corrections up to NLO [48, 49, 50] and approximate NNLO [51, 52] QCD corrections are used to calculate the cross section. The cross sections of the WH and ZH (\(q\bar{q}\rightarrow ZH\)) are calculated including QCD corrections up to NNLO [53, 54] and EW corrections up to NLO [55, 56] whereas the cross section of the \(gg\rightarrow ZH\) process is calculated up to NLO in QCD corrections [57, 58]. The cross section for ttH is computed up to NLO in QCD [59, 60, 61, 62]. For the bbH process, the cross section is calculated in QCD corrections up to NLO [63, 64, 65] in the four-flavour scheme and up to NNLO [66] in the five-flavour scheme with the Santander matching scheme [67]. The cross sections of the tH processes used are calculated at up to NLO in QCD corrections [68, 69]. The PDF sets used in these calculations are CT10 [70, 71], MSTW2008 [72], NNPDF2.1 [73, 74] and NNPDF2.3 [75] following the prescription of Ref. [76]. The decay branching ratios of the Higgs boson are calculated using the Hdecay [77, 78] and Prophecy4f [79, 80] programs, compiled in Ref. [81].
Table 1

SM predictions of the Higgs boson production cross sections and decay branching ratios and their uncertainties for \(m_H=125.36\) GeV, obtained by linear interpolations from those at 125.3 and 125.4 GeV from Ref. [32] except for the tH production cross section which is obtained from Refs. [20, 82]. The uncertainties of the cross sections are the sum in quadrature of the uncertainties resulting from variations of QCD scales, parton distribution functions and \(\alpha _\mathrm{s}\). The uncertainty on the tH cross section is calculated following the procedure in Refs. [20, 32]

Production process

Cross section (pb)

Decay channel

Branching ratio (%)

 

\(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV

\(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV

  

ggF

\(15.0\pm 1.6\)

\(19.2\pm 2.0\)

\(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\)

\(57.1\pm 1.9\)

VBF

\(1.22\pm 0.03\)

\(1.57\pm 0.04\)

\(H\rightarrow WW^*\)

\(22.0\pm 0.9\)

WH

\(0.573\pm 0.016\)

\(0.698\pm 0.018\)

\(H\rightarrow gg\)

\(8.53\pm 0.85\)

ZH

\(0.332\pm 0.013\)

\(0.412\pm 0.013\)

\(H\rightarrow \tau \tau \)

\(6.26\pm 0.35\)

bbH

\(0.155\pm 0.021\)

\(0.202\pm 0.028\)

\(H\rightarrow c\bar{c}\)

\(2.88\pm 0.35\)

ttH

\(0.086\pm 0.009\)

\(0.128\pm 0.014\)

\(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\)

\(2.73\pm 0.11\)

tH

\(0.012\pm 0.001\)

\(0.018\pm 0.001\)

\(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \)

\(0.228\pm 0.011\)

Total

\(17.4 \pm 1.6\)

\(22.3\pm 2.0\)

\(H\rightarrow Z\gamma \)

\(0.157\pm 0.014\)

\(H\rightarrow \mu \mu \)

\(0.022\pm 0.001\)

Table 2

Summary of event generators, showering programs and PDF sets used to model the Higgs boson production and decays at \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV

Production process

Event generator

Showering program

PDF set

ggF

Powheg

Pythia6/Pythia8

CT10

VBF

Powheg

Pythia6/Pythia8

CT10

WH

Pythia8

Pythia8

CTEQ6L1

\(ZH:\ q\bar{q}\rightarrow ZH\)

Pythia8

Pythia8

CTEQ6L1

\(ZH:\ gg\rightarrow ZH\)

Powheg

Pythia8

CT10

ttH

Powheg

Pythia8

CT10

bbH

MadGraph5_aMC@NLO

Herwig++

CT10

\(tH:\ qb\rightarrow tHq'\)

MadGraph

Pythia8

CT10

\(tH:\ gb\rightarrow WtH\)

MadGraph5_aMC@NLO

Herwig++

CT10

All analyses use Monte Carlo (MC) samples to model the acceptances of the Higgs boson events. Table 2 summarises the event generators and parton distribution functions (PDF) used for the analyses of the \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV data. The modelling at \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV is similar, with one notable difference of Pythia6 [83] replacing Pythia8 [84]. The ggF and VBF production of the Higgs boson are simulated with the next-to-leading order (NLO) matrix-element Powheg program [85, 86, 87, 88, 89] interfaced to either Pythia6 or Pythia8 for the simulation of the underlying event, parton showering and hadronisation (referred to as the showering program). The Higgs boson transverse momentum distribution from ggF production is reweighted to match the calculation of HRes2.1 [90, 91], which includes QCD corrections up to the next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) and next-to-next-to-leading logarithm (NNLL) in perturbative expansions. Furthermore, ggF events with two or more jets are reweighted to match the transverse momentum distribution from MiNLO HJJ predictions [92]. The WH and ZH (\(q\bar{q}\rightarrow ZH\)) production processes are simulated with the leading-order (LO) Pythia8 program. The \(gg\rightarrow ZH\) process contributes approximately 8 % to the total ZH production cross section in the SM. For most of the analyses, the process is modelled using \(q\bar{q}\rightarrow ZH\) of Pythia8. Only the VH analysis in the \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) decay mode specifically models \(gg\rightarrow ZH\) production using Powheg [85, 86, 87] interfaced to Pythia8. The ttH process is modelled using the NLO calculation in the HELAC-Oneloop package [93] interfaced to Powheg and Pythia8 for the subsequent simulation. The tH production process is simulated using MadGraph [94] interfaced to Pythia8 for \(qb\rightarrow tHq'\) and using MadGraph5_aMC@NLO [82] interfaced to Herwig++ [95] for \(gb\rightarrow WtH\). The bbH production process contributes approximately 1 % [96] to the total Higgs boson cross section in the SM. It is simulated with the MadGraph5_aMC@NLO program for some analyses. The event kinematics of ggF and bbH production are found to be similar for analysis categories that are most important for bbH. Thus the acceptance times efficiency for bbH is assumed to be the same as for ggF for all analyses. The PDF sets used in the event generations are CT10 [70] and CTEQ6L1 [97]. All Higgs boson decays are simulated by the showering programs.

Throughout this paper, the signal-strength parameter \(\mu \) is defined as the ratio of the measured Higgs boson yield to its SM expectation:
$$\begin{aligned} \mu = \frac{\sigma \times \mathrm{BR}}{(\sigma \times \mathrm{BR})_\mathrm{SM}}\,. \end{aligned}$$
(1)
Here \(\sigma \) is the production cross section of the Higgs boson. For a specific production process i and decay channel f, i.e., \(i\rightarrow H\rightarrow f\), the signal-strength parameter is labelled as \(\mu _i^f\) and can be factorised in terms of the signal strengths of production (\(\mu _i\)) and decay (\(\mu _f\)):
$$\begin{aligned}&\mu _i^f = \frac{\sigma _i\times \mathrm{BR}_f}{(\sigma _i\times \mathrm{BR}_f)_\mathrm{SM}}\equiv \mu _i\times \mu _f, \nonumber \\&\quad \text {with } \ \mu _i=\frac{\sigma _i}{(\sigma _i)_\mathrm{SM}}\quad \text {and} \quad \mu _f= \frac{\mathrm{BR}_f}{(\mathrm{BR}_f)_\mathrm{SM}}. \end{aligned}$$
(2)
Thus for each analysis category (c) as discussed later in this section, the number of signal events (\(n^c_s\)) can be written as:
$$\begin{aligned} n^c_s =\sum _i \sum _f \mu _i (\sigma _i)_\mathrm{SM} \times \mu _f (\mathrm{BR}_f)_\mathrm{SM} \times A^c_{if} \times \varepsilon ^c_{if} \times \mathcal {L}^c \end{aligned}$$
(3)
where the indices i and f indicate the production processes and decays contributing to the category, \(A^c_{if}\) represents the detector acceptance derived from simulation of the SM process, \(\varepsilon ^c_{if}\) is the reconstruction efficiency within the acceptance and \( \mathcal {L}^c\) the integrated luminosity for the given category c of the given channel.

However, the experimental data do not allow to separately determine \(\mu _i\) and \(\mu _f\) for any given process since only their product is measured. All combined fits of signal strengths presented in this paper make assumptions about the relationship between \(\mu _i\) of different production processes or similarly between \(\mu _f\) of different decay modes. Thus the meaning of the signal strength depends on the assumptions made. Nevertheless, the production and decays can be factorised using the ratios of cross sections and of branching ratios as discussed in Sect. 4.4.

Leptons (\(\ell \)) refer to electrons or muons unless specified otherwise; the symbols \(\tau _{\mathrm { lep}}\) and \(\tau _{\mathrm { had}}\) refer to \(\tau \) leptons identified through their decays to leptons or hadrons; and variables \(p_{\text {T}} \), \(E_{\text {T}} \) and \(E_{\text {T}}^{\text {miss}} \) refer to transverse momentum, transverse energy and missing transverse momentum, respectively. Notations indicating particle charges or antiparticles are generally omitted.

The ATLAS experiment uses a right-handed coordinate system with its origin at the nominal interaction point (IP) in the centre of the detector and the z-axis along the beam pipe. The x-axis points from the IP to the centre of the LHC ring, and the y-axis points upward. Cylindrical coordinates \((r,\phi )\) are used in the transverse plane, \(\phi \) being the azimuthal angle around the beam pipe. The pseudorapidity is defined in terms of the polar angle \(\theta \) as \(\eta =-\ln \tan (\theta /2)\).

Table 3 gives an overview of the analyses that are inputs to the combinations and their main results, as published. An essential feature of these analyses is the extensive application of exclusive categorisation, i.e., classifying candidate events based on the expected kinematics of the different Higgs boson production processes. The categorisation not only improves the analysis sensitivity, but also allows for the discrimination among different production processes. Figure 1 summarises the signal-strength measurements of different production processes that are used as inputs to the combinations.
Table 3

Overview of the individual analyses that are included in the combinations described in this paper. The signal strengths, the statistical significances of a Higgs boson signal, or the 95 % CL upper limits on the Higgs boson production rates or properties are also shown wherever appropriate. A range is quoted for the upper limit on the off-shell signal strength, depending on the assumption for the continuum \(gg\rightarrow WW/ZZ\) cross section. These results are taken directly from the individual publications. Results of the on-shell analyses are quoted for \(m_H=125.36\) GeV except that \(m_H=125.5\) GeV is assumed for the \(H\rightarrow Z\gamma \) and \(H\rightarrow \mu \mu \) analyses and that \(m_H=125\) GeV is used for the ttH searches with \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) and \(ttH\rightarrow \mathrm{multileptons}\). The luminosity used for the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV \(VH(\rightarrow b\bar{b})\) analysis differs slightly from the values used for other analyses because a previous version of the luminosity calibration was applied. The significance is given in units of standard deviations (SD). The numbers in parentheses are the expected values for the SM Higgs boson. The ttH analysis in the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) decay is part of the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) analysis. It is included separately under the ttH production for completeness. The checkmark (\(\checkmark \)) indicates whether the analysis is performed for the respective \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV dataset

Analysis

Signal

\(\int \mathcal{L} dt \ \mathrm{fb}^{-1}\)

Categorisation or final states

Strength \(\mu \)

Significance [SD]

7 TeV

8 TeV

\(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) [9]

\(1.17\pm 0.27\)

5.2 (4.6)

4.5

20.3

   ttH: leptonic, hadronic

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   VH: one-lepton, dilepton, \(E_{\text {T}}^{\text {miss}} \), hadronic

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   VBF: tight, loose

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   ggF: 4 \(p_{\mathrm {Tt}}\) categories

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

\(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\rightarrow 4\ell \) [10]

\(1.44^{+0.40}_{-0.33}\)

8.1 (6.2)

4.5

20.3

   VBF

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   VH: hadronic, leptonic

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   ggF

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

\(H\rightarrow WW^*\) [11, 12]

\(1.16^{+0.24}_{-0.21}\)

6.5 (5.9)

4.5

20.3

   ggF: (0-jet, 1-jet) \(\otimes \) (\(ee+\mu \mu ,\ e\mu \))

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   ggF: \(\ge 2\)-jet and \(e\mu \)

   

\(\checkmark \)

   VBF: \(\ge 2\)-jet \(\otimes \) (\(ee+\mu \mu ,\ e\mu \))

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   VH: opposite-charge dilepton, three-lepton, four-lepton

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   VH: same-charge dilepton

   

\(\checkmark \)

\(H\rightarrow \tau \tau \) [14]

\(1.43^{+0.43}_{-0.37}\)

4.5 (3.4)

4.5

20.3

   Boosted: \(\tau _\mathrm{lep}\tau _\mathrm{lep}, \tau _\mathrm{lep}\tau _\mathrm{had}, \tau _\mathrm{had}\tau _\mathrm{had}\)

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   VBF: \(\tau _\mathrm{lep}\tau _\mathrm{lep}, \tau _\mathrm{lep}\tau _\mathrm{had}, \tau _\mathrm{had}\tau _\mathrm{had}\)

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

\(VH\rightarrow Vb\bar{b}\) [15]

\(0.52\pm 0.40\)

1.4 (2.6)

4.7

20.3

   \(0\ell \ (ZH\rightarrow \nu \nu b\bar{b})\): \(N_\mathrm{jet}=2,3\), \(N_\mathrm{btag}=1,2\), \(p_{\text {T}} ^V\in \) 100–120 and \(>\!120\) GeV

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   \(1\ell \ (WH\rightarrow \ell \nu b\bar{b})\): \(N_\mathrm{jet}=2,3\), \(N_\mathrm{btag}=1,2\), \(p_{\text {T}} ^V<\) and \(>\!120\) GeV

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

   \(2\ell \ (ZH\rightarrow \ell \ell b\bar{b})\): \(N_\mathrm{jet}=2,3\), \(N_\mathrm{btag}=1,2\), \(p_{\text {T}} ^V<\) and \(>\!120\) GeV

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

 

95 % CL limit

  

\(H\rightarrow Z\gamma \) [16]

\(\mu <11\ (9)\)

4.5

20.3

   10 categories based on \(\Delta \eta _{Z\gamma }\) and \(p_{\mathrm {Tt}}\)

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

\(H\rightarrow \mu \mu \) [17]

\(\mu <7.0\ (7.2)\)

4.5

20.3

   VBF and 6 other categories based on \(\eta _\mu \) and \(p_{\text {T}} ^{\mu \mu }\)

  

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

ttH production [18, 19, 20]

  

4.5

20.3

   \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\): single-lepton, dilepton

\(\mu <3.4\ (2.2)\)

 

\(\checkmark \)

   \(ttH\rightarrow \)multileptons: categories on lepton multiplicity

\(\mu <4.7\ (2.4)\)

 

\(\checkmark \)

   \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \): leptonic, hadronic

\(\mu <6.7\ (4.9)\)

\(\checkmark \)

\(\checkmark \)

Off-shell \(H^*\) production [21]

\(\mu <\) 5.1–8.6 (6.7–11.0)

 

20.3

   \(H^*\rightarrow ZZ\rightarrow 4\ell \)

   

\(\checkmark \)

   \(H^*\rightarrow ZZ\rightarrow 2\ell 2\nu \)

   

\(\checkmark \)

   \(H^*\rightarrow WW\rightarrow e\nu \mu \nu \)

   

\(\checkmark \)

2.1 \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \)

In the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) analysis, described in detail in Ref. [9], the Higgs boson signal is measured in events with at least two isolated and well-identified photon candidates. The leading and subleading photon candidates are required to have \(E_{\text {T}}/m_{\gamma \gamma } > 0.35\) and 0.25, respectively, where \(m_{\gamma \gamma }\) is the invariant mass of the two selected photons. The diphoton candidate events are grouped into twelve exclusive categories separately for the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV datasets; the order of categorisation is chosen to give precedence to production modes with the most distinct signatures. Each category is optimised by adjusting the event selection criteria to minimise the expected uncertainty on the signal yield of the targeted production mode.

The first two categories are designed for ttH production based on the topology of leptonic and hadronic decays of the associated \(t\bar{t}\) pair. They are described in Sect. 2.8. The next four categories are optimised for VH production, targeting one-lepton, dilepton, \(E_{\text {T}}^{\text {miss}} \), and hadronic signatures of W and Z boson decays. Events from VBF production are identified by requiring two well-separated and high-\(p_{\text {T}} \) jets and little hadronic activity between them. A boosted decision tree (BDT) [98, 99] algorithm is employed to maximise the VBF signal and background separation. Events are sorted into two categories with different VBF purities according to the output value of the BDT. Finally, the remaining events are separated into four categories based on the pseudorapidities of the photons and the \(p_{\mathrm {Tt}}\) of the diphoton system [9], the diphoton momentum transverse to its thrust axis in the transverse plane.
Fig. 1

Summary of the signal-strength measurements, as published, from individual analyses that are inputs to the combinations. The Higgs boson mass column indicates the \(m_H\) value at which the result is quoted. The overall signal strength of each analysis (black) is the combined result of the measurements for different production processes (blue) assuming SM values for their cross-section ratios. The error bars represent \(\pm 1\sigma \) total uncertainties, combining statistical and systematic contributions. The green shaded bands indicate the uncertainty on the overall signal strength obtained by each analysis. The combined signal strength of the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) analysis also includes the ttH contribution which is listed separately under ttH production

For most of the categories, the background is composed of a mixture of \(\gamma \)–jet and jet–jet events, where one or two jets are misidentified as photons, and \(\gamma \gamma \) events. In particular the \(\gamma \gamma \) background is dominant and irreducible. The Higgs boson signal is extracted from maximum-likelihood fits of a narrow resonance plus continuum background models to unbinned diphoton invariant-mass distributions observed in the different event categories. In the fit, the signal is modelled by the sum of a Crystal Ball function [100] and a smaller but wider Gaussian component while the backgrounds are modelled by category-dependent exponential functions of first- or second-order polynomials.

2.2 \(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\rightarrow 4\ell \)

The \(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\rightarrow 4\ell \) analysis, described in detail in Ref. [10], has a high signal-to-background ratio, which is about two for each of the four final states considered: \(4\mu \), \(2e2\mu \), \(2\mu 2e\), and 4e, where the first lepton pair has an invariant mass closer to the Z boson mass. The analysis selects Higgs boson candidates by requiring two pairs of isolated, same-flavour and opposite-charge leptons with one of the two pairs having a dilepton invariant mass in the range 50 – 106 GeV.

To measure the rates of different production processes, each \(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\rightarrow 4\ell \) candidate is assigned to one of four categories depending on event characteristics beyond the four selected leptons. The VBF category consists of candidates with two additional jets with dijet mass \(m_{jj}>130\) GeV. The events failing this selection are considered for the VH-hadronic category, where the dijet mass is required to be \(40\,\mathrm{GeV} <m_{jj}<130\,\mathrm{GeV}\). Events failing the VBF and VH-hadronic categorisation criteria are considered for the VH-leptonic category with the requirement of an additional lepton. Finally, the remaining events are assigned to the ggF category. The separation of VBF and VH production from the dominant ggF production mode is improved by exploiting two BDT discriminants trained on the jet kinematics, one for the VBF category and the other for the VH-hadronic category. A third BDT discriminant based on the four-lepton kinematics is used to improve the separation between the ggF signal and its main background.

The largest background comes from continuum \(ZZ^*\) production and is estimated using simulation normalised to the SM next-to-leading-order cross-section calculation. For the four-lepton events with an invariant mass, \(m_{4\ell }\), below about 160 GeV, there are also important background contributions from Z+jets and \(t\bar{t}\) production with two prompt leptons, where the additional charged lepton candidates arise from decays of hadrons with b- or c-quark content, from photon conversions or from misidentified jets. Their contributions are estimated with data-driven methods.

For each category, the signal is extracted from a maximum-likelihood fit to either the \(m_{4\ell }\) distribution (VH categories) or the combined two-dimensional distributions of \(m_{4\ell }\) and a BDT discriminant (ggF and VBF categories). The four-lepton mass range of \(110\,\mathrm{GeV}<m_{4\ell }<140\,\mathrm{GeV}\) is included in the fits.

2.3 \(H\rightarrow WW^*\)

Analyses targeting the ggF, VBF, and VH production modes [11, 12] are performed for the \(H\rightarrow WW^*\) decay channel. The ggF and VBF production processes are explored through the \(H\rightarrow WW^*\rightarrow \ell \nu \ell \nu \) decay and the VH process is studied in final states with two or more leptons.

The analysis of the ggF and VBF production processes [11] selects the signal candidate events by requiring two oppositely charged leptons. Candidates are categorised according to the number of jets (\(N_\mathrm{jet}\)) and to the flavours of the leptons. The \(N_\mathrm{jet}\) categorisation separates the large top-quark production background from the ggF signal while the categorisation by lepton flavours isolates the challenging Drell–Yan background in the same-flavour categories. The categories targeting ggF production include \(N_\mathrm{jet}=0,\, 1\) and \(\ge \)2 and are further divided into the same- and different-flavour leptons for \(N_\mathrm{jet}=0,\, 1\). Only the different-flavour leptons are considered for \(N_\mathrm{jet}\ge 2\). The categories targeting VBF production require \(N_\mathrm{jet}\ge 2\), separately for the same- or different-flavour leptons. The primary background processes are WW, top quark (\(t\bar{t}\) and Wt), W+jets, Drell–Yan, and other diboson (WZ, \(W\gamma \), \(W\gamma ^{*}\), and ZZ) production. Most of the background contributions are estimated using data. For the ggF categories, the final signal region is selected by requiring the dilepton mass \(m_{\ell \ell } < 55\) GeV and their azimuthal angular separation \(\Delta \phi _{\ell \ell } < 1.8\) and the signal is extracted through a combined fit to the transverse mass distributions of the dilepton plus \(E_{\text {T}}^{\text {miss}} \) system in both the signal and control regions of different categories and lepton flavours. For the VBF categories, a BDT combining information such as rapidity separation and mass of the two leading jets and the dilepton angular separation, is used as the final discriminant, from which the signal is extracted.

The VH analysis [12] is optimised for different lepton multiplicities: opposite-charge dileptons, same-charge dileptons, three and four leptons. Most final states are required to have \(E_{\text {T}}^{\text {miss}} \) and events with a b-tagged jet are vetoed. Dilepton final states target VH production with the \(H\rightarrow WW^*\) decay with two bosons decaying leptonically and the other hadronically. The opposite-charge dilepton final state selects events with two or more jets, with the value of \(m_{jj}\) required to be close to the W and Z boson masses. Similar to the ggF \(N_\mathrm{jet}\ge 2\) category, the dominant background is from top quark production. The same-charge dilepton category accepts events with either one or two jets. The dominant backgrounds are from WZ, \(W\gamma ^{(*)}\), and W+jets production. The three-lepton final state targets WH with \(H\rightarrow WW^*\) and has the highest sensitivity of the four final states. The three leptons are required to have a net charge of \(\pm 1\) and the event can have at most one jet. The dominant background process is WZ production and is reduced with a \(Z\rightarrow \ell \ell \) veto. The four-lepton category is designed to accept events from ZH production with the \(H\rightarrow WW^*\) decay. The net charge of the leptons is required to be zero and at least one pair of leptons is required to have the same flavour, opposite charge, and an invariant mass close to the Z boson mass. The dominant background is SM \(ZZ^*\) production. In the three-lepton category, the signal yield is extracted through fits to distributions of a BDT or the minimum separation in the \(\eta -\phi \) plane between opposite-charge leptons depending on the lepton flavours. For other categories, the event yields are used, without exploiting information on the shapes of distributions.

2.4 \(H\rightarrow \tau \tau \)

The \(H\rightarrow \tau \tau \) analysis [14] considers both the leptonic (\(\tau _{\mathrm { lep}}\)) and hadronic (\(\tau _{\mathrm { had}}\)) decays of the \(\tau \) lepton. Three sub-channels (\(\tau _\mathrm{lep}\tau _\mathrm{lep}\), \(\tau _\mathrm{lep}\tau _\mathrm{had}\) and \(\tau _\mathrm{had}\tau _\mathrm{had}\)) are defined by orthogonal requirements on the number of reconstructed hadronic \(\tau \) decays and leptons (electrons or muons) in the event.1

Candidate events are divided into boosted and VBF categories. The boosted category targets signal events where the Higgs boson is produced with a large boost, primarily from the gluon fusion process, and requires the transverse momentum of the reconstructed Higgs boson candidate to be greater than 100 GeV. The VBF category contains events with two jets separated in pseudorapidity and targets signal events produced through the vector boson fusion process. A separate BDT is then employed in each category and sub-channel to discriminate signal from background, utilising between five and nine input variables, chosen in order to exploit discriminating features such as Higgs boson decay properties, event activity, and the VBF topology in the corresponding category. One of the most important input variables is the mass of the \(\tau \tau \) system, which is quite challenging to reconstruct due to the presence of at least two neutrinos in the final state; the Missing Mass Calculator [101] is used for this purpose.

In all three sub-channels, the most important backgrounds are irreducible \(Z\rightarrow \tau \tau \) events, and events with one or two jets misidentified as \(\tau \) lepton decay products (primarily from multijet and W+jets production). To estimate the \(Z\rightarrow \tau \tau \) background the embedding technique [102] is used, where \(Z\rightarrow \mu \mu \) events are selected in data and the reconstructed muons are replaced by simulated \(\tau \) lepton decays. Fully data-driven techniques are used for the estimation of backgrounds from misidentified \(\tau \) decay products, while Monte Carlo simulation corrected to data is used for other backgrounds, such as the top quark and \(Z\rightarrow \ell \ell \) production.

The signal is extracted by fitting the shape of the BDT discriminant with signal and background templates simultaneously in all signal regions. The fit also includes dedicated control regions enriched with top quark, \(Z\rightarrow \ell \ell \) and multijet events. These control regions are used to constrain normalisations of the corresponding backgrounds.

2.5 VH with \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\)

The \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) decay mode is predicted in the SM to have the largest branching ratio (see Table 1). In spite of this large branching ratio, an inclusive search for \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) is not feasible because of the overwhelming background from multijet production. Associated production of a Higgs boson with a vector boson V (W or Z), offers a viable alternative because leptonic decays of the vector boson, \(W\rightarrow \ell \nu \), \(Z\rightarrow \ell \ell \), and \(Z\rightarrow \nu \nu \), can be efficiently used for triggering and background reduction.

The search for associated VH production with \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) [15] is performed for events containing zero, one, or two charged leptons. Contributions from \(W\rightarrow \tau \nu \) and \(Z\rightarrow \tau \tau \) decays in which the \(\tau \) leptons subsequently decay to electrons or muons are also included. A b-tagging algorithm is used to identify jets from \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) decays. To improve the sensitivity, the three channels are each split into categories according to the vector-boson transverse momentum, \(p_{\text {T}} ^V\), the number of jets, and the number and quality of the b-tagged jets. Topological and kinematic selection criteria are applied within each of the resulting categories. The categories providing most of the sensitivity are those requiring two b-tagged jets and large \(p_{\text {T}} ^V\). The categories with low sensitivity are used to constrain the contributions of the dominant background processes.

A binned profile maximum-likelihood fit to all categories simultaneously is used to extract the signal yield and the background normalisations. The most significant background sources are V+heavy-flavour-jet production and \(t\bar{t}\) production. The normalisations of these backgrounds are fully determined by the likelihood fit. Other significant background sources are single-top-quark and diboson (WZ and ZZ) production, with normalisations from theory, as well as multijet events. The shapes of all backgrounds are estimated from simulation, except for the multijet background for which the shape and normalisation are obtained using multijet-enriched control samples.

Two versions of the analysis are performed. In the dijet-mass analysis, the mass of the dijet system of b-tagged jets is the final discriminating variable used in the statistical analysis. In the multivariate analysis (MVA), which incorporates various kinematic variables in addition to the dijet mass and the b-tagging information, the outputs of boosted decision trees provide the final discriminating variable. Since the MVA has higher expected sensitivity, it is chosen as the nominal analysis for the \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV dataset to extract the final results. For the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV dataset, only a dijet-mass analysis is performed.

The \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV \(VH(\rightarrow b\bar{b})\) analysis uses a previous version of the luminosity calibration and therefore has a slightly different luminosity value compared with those quoted for other analyses. However, this small difference is expected to have negligible effects on the results presented in this paper.

2.6 \(H\rightarrow Z\gamma \)

The \(H\rightarrow Z\gamma \) analysis [16] with \(Z\rightarrow \ell \ell \) searches for a narrow peak in the reconstructed \(\ell \ell \gamma \) invariant-mass distribution around 125 GeV over a smooth background. The \(Z{+}\gamma \) production, \(Z\rightarrow \ell \ell \gamma \) radiative decays and Z+jets events where a jet is misidentified as a photon dominate the background contributions.

The analysis selects two isolated leptons of same flavour and opposite charge and one isolated photon. Due to the kinematics of the decay, low \(p_{\text {T}} \) thresholds are applied to the leptons and the photon. The invariant mass of the dilepton system must satisfy \(m_{\ell \ell }>m_Z-10\) GeV and the three-body invariant mass must be consistent with the mass of the Higgs boson. To enhance the sensitivity of the analysis, events are classified into categories with different signal-to-background ratios and invariant-mass resolutions, based on the pseudorapidity difference \(\Delta \eta _{Z\gamma }\) between the photon and the Z boson and \(p_\mathrm{Tt}\), the component of the Higgs boson candidate \(p_{\text {T}} \) that is orthogonal to the \(Z\gamma \) thrust axis in the transverse plane.

The final discrimination between signal and background events is based on a simultaneous likelihood fit to the \(m_{\ell \ell \gamma }\) spectra in each category, separately for the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV datasets. Similar to the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) analysis (Sect. 2.1), the signal is modelled with the sum of a Crystal Ball function and a smaller but wider Gaussian component while the backgrounds are modelled with polynomials, or exponentiated polynomials depending on categories.

2.7 \(H\rightarrow \mu \mu \)

The \(H\rightarrow \mu \mu \) analysis [17] searches for a narrow peak in the dimuon invariant mass \(m_{\mu \mu }\) distribution over a smooth background, where the width of the signal is dominated by the experimental resolution. The mass spectrum is dominated by the continuously falling background due to \(Z/\gamma ^*\) production, with smaller contributions from top quark and diboson production.

The selected events containing a pair of oppositely charged muons are separated into seven mutually exclusive categories based on the VBF dijet signature, the muon pseudorapidity \(\eta _\mu \), and the transverse momentum of the dimuon system \(p_\mathrm{T}^{\mu \mu }\). The events with two or more jets that match selections designed for the VBF process are accepted in the VBF signal region. All other selected events are split up into six categories based on the values of \(\eta _{\mu }\) and \(p_\mathrm{T}^{\mu \mu }\). This categorisation takes advantage of the higher momentum resolution for muons reconstructed in the central part of the detector, and high \(p_\mathrm{T}^{\mu \mu }\) for the expected SM signal.

The \(m_{\mu \mu }\) distribution in the 110–160 GeV region is fitted with an analytic signal-plus-background model separately for the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV datasets, setting a limit on the dimuon decay of the SM Higgs boson with a mass of 125.5 GeV. In the fit, the signal is modelled as the sum of a Crystal Ball function and a Gaussian function in all regions while the backgrounds are modelled using exponentials or polynomials.

2.8 ttH production

Searches for \(q\bar{q}/gg\rightarrow t\bar{t}H\) production have been performed with three analyses targeting the Higgs boson decays \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\), \(H\rightarrow (WW^*,\,\tau \tau ,\,ZZ^*)\rightarrow \mathrm{leptons}\), and \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \). The search in the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) decay mode uses both \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV data, while the other two use only the \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV data.

The search for ttH production with \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) [18] considers two separate selections optimised for single-lepton and dilepton final states of \(t\bar{t}\) decays. In the single-lepton channel, events are required to have one isolated electron or muon and at least four jets. In the dilepton channel, events are required to have two opposite-charge leptons (ee, \(\mu \mu \) or \(e\mu \)) and at least two jets; events consistent with originating from a \(Z\rightarrow \ell \ell \) decay are rejected. In both cases at least two b-tagged jets are required. Candidate events are categorised according to the jet and b-jet multiplicities with a total of nine (six) categories for the single-lepton (dilepton) final states. The background is dominated by \(t\bar{t}\)+jets events, with increasing fractions of \(t\bar{t}b\bar{b}\) and \(t\bar{t}c\bar{c}\) at the higher b-jet multiplicities characteristic of signal events. The analysis uses a neural network to discriminate signal from background in the most signal-like categories. Simpler kinematic discriminants are used in background-like categories.

The ttH search with \(H\rightarrow WW^*,\ \tau \tau \) and \(ZZ^*\) decays [19] exploits several multilepton signatures resulting from leptonic decays of vector bosons and/or the presence of \(\tau \) leptons. The events are categorised by the number of reconstructed electrons or muons and hadronic \(\tau \) candidates. The five channels used in this combination are: one lepton with two hadronic \(\tau \) candidates, two same-charge leptons with zero or one hadronic \(\tau \) candidate, three leptons, and four leptons. The largest backgrounds in the analysis are non-prompt leptons, primarily arising from semileptonic b-hadron decays in \(t\bar{t}\) events; electron charge misreconstruction in events where opposite-charge leptons are produced; and the production of \(t\bar{t} W\) and \(t\bar{t} Z\) (\(t\bar{t} V\)). The potential signal is determined from the numbers of observed events in data and of the estimated number of background events.

The ttH search in the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) channel [20] is part of the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) analysis (see Sect. 2.1) and employs the same diphoton selection. The leptonic as well as fully hadronic decay signatures of the \(t\bar{t}\) system are considered. The leptonic selection requires at least one lepton and one b-tagged jet as well as \(E_{\text {T}}^{\text {miss}} \). In the hadronic selection, different combinations of jet and b-tagging multiplicities are applied to improve the signal sensitivity. The small contribution from ggF, VBF and VH production is estimated from Monte Carlo simulation. The ttH signal is extracted from a fit to the observed diphoton mass distribution.

2.9 Off-shell Higgs boson production

Measurements of the \(H^*\rightarrow ZZ\) and \(H^*\rightarrow WW\) final states in the mass range above the \(2m_Z\) and \(2m_W\) thresholds (off-shell region) provide a unique opportunity to measure the off-shell coupling strengths of the observed Higgs boson, as discussed in Refs. [103, 104, 105, 106]. The \(ZZ \rightarrow 4\ell \), \(ZZ\rightarrow 2\ell 2\nu \) and \(WW\rightarrow e\nu \mu \nu \) final states in the \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV dataset are used in these measurements, detailed in Ref. [21]. Assuming the relevant Higgs boson coupling strengths are independent of the energy scale of Higgs boson production, a combination with the on-shell measurements can be interpreted as a constraint on the total width of the Higgs boson.

The analysis in the \(ZZ\rightarrow 4\ell \) final state follows closely the Higgs boson measurements in the same final state, described in Sect. 2.2, with the same object definitions, event selections and background estimation methods. The off-peak region is defined to include the range \(220\,\mathrm{GeV} < m_{4\ell } <1000\,\mathrm{GeV}\). Like the \(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\rightarrow 4\ell \) analysis, the background is dominated by \(q\bar{q}/gg\rightarrow ZZ\) production. A matrix-element-based discriminant [21] is constructed to enhance the \(gg\rightarrow H^*\rightarrow ZZ\) signal and is used in a binned maximum-likelihood fit for the final result.

The analysis in the \(ZZ\rightarrow 2\ell 2\nu \) channel follows closely the ZH analysis with the Higgs boson decaying to weakly interacting particles [28], with the same object definitions. As the analysis is performed inclusively in the number of jets in the final states, kinematic cuts are optimised accordingly. SM ZZ and WZ production are the major backgrounds. The transverse mass (\(m_{\mathrm {T}}^{ZZ}\)) [21], reconstructed from the momentum of the dilepton system and the missing transverse momentum, is chosen as the discriminating variable. Events in the range of \(380\,\mathrm{GeV} < m_{\mathrm {T}}^{ZZ} <1000\,\mathrm{GeV}\) are used in a binned maximum likelihood fit for the final result.

The analysis in the \(WW\rightarrow e\nu \mu \nu \) channel follows closely the Higgs boson measurements in the oppositely charged electron–muon pair final state, described in Sect. 2.3, with the same object definitions. The analysis is performed inclusively in the number of jets in the final state, and selections are optimised for the off-shell region with revised background estimation methods. Top quark pairs and WW events constitute the major backgrounds. In order to isolate the off-shell Higgs boson production while minimising sensitivity to higher-order QCD effects on \(gg\rightarrow WW\) kinematics, a new variable \(R_8\) [12], defined as the weighted combination of the dilepton mass and the transverse mass of the dilepton and \(E_{\text {T}}^{\text {miss}} \) system, is constructed to select the signal region. The final results are obtained from the numbers of events observed in the data and expected from background processes in the signal region of \(R_8>450\) GeV.

2.10 Modifications of analyses

To ensure a consistent interpretation of all inputs in terms of Higgs boson coupling strengths, several minor modifications were made to the inputs of these combinations with respect to their previously published versions:
  • The upper limits on the \(H\rightarrow Z\gamma \) and \(H\rightarrow \mu \mu \) decays and the results of the ttH searches in \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) and \(ttH\rightarrow \mathrm{multilepton}\) decays have been updated to assume a Higgs boson mass of 125.36 GeV.

  • In some individual analyses, cross-feed of other Higgs boson decays occurs: in the \(VH,\,H \rightarrow WW^{*}\) selection cross-feed of \(H \rightarrow \tau \tau \) and \(H \rightarrow ZZ^{*}\) occurs (whereas this cross-feed is negligible in the ggF and VBF \(H \rightarrow WW^{*}\)analyses where a veto on the reconstructed \(\tau \tau \) mass is applied). Similarly, there is cross-feed from \(H \rightarrow WW^{*}\) in the \(H \rightarrow \tau \tau \) analysis. In such cases, this cross-feed was treated as background in the relevant individual channel analyses. For the combinations described in this paper, such events are interpreted as signal from the corresponding Higgs boson decay.

  • The rate of \(gg\rightarrow ZH\) events in the VH channels is parameterised in terms of Higgs boson coupling strengths to Z bosons and top quarks, following the calculations of Ref. [58] for \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV.

  • The rate of tH events in all the ttH channels is parameterised in terms of Higgs boson coupling strengths to W bosons and top quarks.

  • In the standalone analysis of the ttH channels, small contributions from Higgs boson decays to the \(c\bar{c}\) and gg final states are explicitly modelled. To avoid spurious sensitivity due to these very small components in the combined analyses presented in this paper, both aforementioned decays are treated like \(H \rightarrow b\bar{b}\) in the fits for the Higgs boson signal strength. In fits for Higgs boson coupling strengths, it is assumed that the coupling strengths of the \(H\rightarrow c\bar{c}\) and \(H\rightarrow gg\) decays scale as the \(t\bar{t}\rightarrow H\) and \(gg\rightarrow H\) couplings, respectively.

  • Theoretical uncertainties from QCD scales in Higgs boson signal processes have been updated to be consistent with the latest recommendations [32] for \(H \rightarrow WW^*,\, b\bar{b},\, \tau \tau \) and \(Z\gamma \). No modifications were needed for the \(H{\rightarrow \,}\gamma \gamma \) and \(H \rightarrow ZZ^{*}\) channels.

  • In channels where bbH production was not explicitly modelled, the signal strength of ggF is redefined to include this process. In channels where bbH was modelled explicitly (\(H \rightarrow \gamma \gamma ,ZZ^*\)), ggF and bbH production are correlated with their ratio fixed to the SM value, allowing a consistent treatment of bbH production across all channels. The impact of this average scaling on the results is negligible since, as can be seen in Table 3, the bbH production process has a cross section which is only 1 % of the ggF production in the SM.

  • The off-shell analysis depends on the unknown K-factor from higher-order QCD corrections for the \(gg \rightarrow VV\) background process. In the case of the very similar Higgs boson signal \(gg\rightarrow H^*\rightarrow VV\) production process, a K-factor between 0.5 and 2 is expected, as discussed in Ref. [21]. The results are given as a function of the unknown ratio of the K-factors for \(gg\rightarrow VV\) background and \(gg\rightarrow H^*\rightarrow VV\) signal, \(R^B_{H^*}\). The range 0.5–2.0 is chosen as a systematic uncertainty on \(R^B_{H^*}\).

3 Statistical procedure

The statistical treatment of the data is described in Refs. [107, 108, 109, 110, 111]. Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals are based on the \(\Lambda (\mathbf {\alpha })\) profile likelihood ratio [112] test statistic. The test statistic depends on one or more parameters of interest \(\mathbf {\alpha }\), such as the Higgs boson signal strength \(\mu \) normalised to the SM expectation (Eq. (1)), Higgs boson mass \(m_H\), coupling strength scale factors \(\mathbf {\kappa }\) and their ratios \(\mathbf {\lambda }\), as well as on additional parameters \(\mathbf {\theta }\) that are not of interest,
$$\begin{aligned} \Lambda (\mathbf {\alpha }) = \frac{L\big (\mathbf {\alpha }\,,\,{\hat{\hat{{\varvec{\theta }}}}}(\mathbf {\alpha })\big )}{L(\hat{\mathbf {\alpha }},\hat{\mathbf {\theta }})} . \end{aligned}$$
(4)
The likelihood functions in the numerator and denominator of the above equation are built using sums of signal and background probability density functions (pdfs) of the discriminating variables, introduced in Sect. 2. The pdfs are derived from MC simulation for the signal and from both data and simulation for the background. Likelihood fits to the observed data are done for the parameters of interest. The single circumflex in Eq. (4) denotes the unconditional maximum-likelihood estimate of a parameter, i.e. both the parameters of interest and the nuisance parameters are varied to maximise the likelihood function. The double circumflex denotes a conditional maximum-likelihood estimate, i.e. an estimate for given fixed values of the parameters of interest \(\mathbf {\alpha }\).

Systematic uncertainties and their correlations [107] are modelled by introducing nuisance parameters \(\mathbf {\theta }\) described by likelihood functions associated with the estimate of the corresponding effect. Systematic uncertainties that affect multiple measurements are modelled with common nuisance parameters to propagate the effect of these uncertainties coherently to all measurements. Most experimental systematic uncertainties are modelled independently for the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV data samples, reflecting independent assessments of these uncertainties, but a subset of these uncertainties, e.g. material effects and some components of the jet energy scale, are considered common to the two data taking periods and are correspondingly described by a common set of nuisance parameters.

Components of theoretical uncertainties, scale uncertainties of a given Higgs boson production process as well as PDF-induced uncertainties, that affect the inclusive signal rate are described with common nuisance parameters in all channels, whereas components of theoretical uncertainties that affect the acceptance of individual channels are modelled with separate nuisance parameters for each decay channel. Specifically, since PDF-induced uncertainties and scale uncertainties are described by separate nuisance parameters, these uncertainties are effectively treated as uncorrelated. The PDF uncertainties of the inclusive rates are treated as correlated for WH, ZH and VBF production, as anti-correlated for \(gg\rightarrow ZH\) and \(qq\rightarrow ZH\) production and as uncorrelated for ggF and ttH production. A cross check with the full correlation matrix as given in Ref. [32] show no differences larger than 1 % for the most generic model (Sect. 5.5.3). Similarly, the effects of correlations between Higgs boson branching ratios and partial decay widths have been determined to be negligible, and are ignored in the combinations, except for the branching ratios to \(WW^*\) and \(ZZ^*\) which are treated as fully correlated. When results are provided with a breakdown of the systematic uncertainties in experimental and theoretical uncertainties, the theoretical uncertainties correspond to the influence of all nuisance parameters that can affect Higgs boson signal distributions, e.g. parton density functions related to Higgs boson production, QCD scale uncertainties related to Higgs boson production processes and uncertainties on the Higgs boson branching ratios. Theoretical uncertainties that exclusively affect background samples are included in the systematic uncertainty components.

The choice of the parameters of interest depends on the test under consideration, with the remaining parameters being “profiled”, i.e., similarly to nuisance parameters they are set to the values that maximise the likelihood function for the given fixed values of the parameters of interest.

Asymptotically, a test statistic \(-2\ln \Lambda (\mathbf {\alpha })\) of several parameters of interest \(\mathbf {\alpha }\) is distributed as a \(\chi ^2\) distribution with n degrees of freedom, where n is the dimensionality of the vector \(\mathbf {\alpha }\). In particular, the \(100(1-\beta ) \ \%\) confidence level (CL) contours are defined by \(-2\ln \Lambda (\mathbf {\alpha })<k_\beta \), where \(k_\beta \) satisfies \(P(\chi ^2_n > k_\beta ) = \beta \). For one degree of freedom the 68 % and 95 % CL intervals are given by \(-2\ln \Lambda (\mathbf {\alpha })=1.0\) and 4.0, respectively. For two degrees of freedom the 68 and 95 % CL contours are given by \(-2\ln \Lambda (\mathbf {\alpha })=2.3\) and 6.0, respectively. All results presented in the following sections are based on likelihood evaluations and give CL intervals under asymptotic approximation.2 For selected parameters of interest a physical boundary on the parameter values is included in the statistical interpretation. For example, branching ratio parameters can conceptually not be smaller than zero. The 95 % confidence interval quoted for such parameters is then based on the profile likelihood ratio restricted to the allowed region of parameter space; the confidence interval is defined by the standard \(\chi ^2\) cutoff, which leads to some over-coverage near the boundaries.

For the measurements in the following sections the compatibility with the Standard Model, \(p_\text {SM}\), is quantified using the p-value3 obtained from the profile likelihood ratio \(\Lambda (\mathbf {\alpha }=\mathbf {\alpha }_\mathrm{SM})\), where \(\mathbf {\alpha }\) is the set of parameters of interest and \(\mathbf {\alpha }_\mathrm{SM}\) are their Standard Model values. For a given benchmark coupling model, \(\mathbf {\alpha }\) is the set of Higgs boson coupling scale factors \(\kappa _i\) and ratios of coupling scale factors \(\lambda _{ij}\) probed by that model, where the indices ij refer to the parameters of interest of the model (see Sect. 5). All other parameters are treated as independent nuisance parameters.

4 Signal-strength measurements

This section discusses the measurements of the signal-strength parameter \(\mu \) of different production modes and decay channels as well as their ratios for a fixed Higgs boson mass hypothesis of \(m_H = 125.36\) GeV [23]. The signal-strength parameter is a measure of potential deviations from the SM prediction under the assumption that the Higgs boson production and decay kinematics do not change appreciably from the SM expectations. In particular, the transverse momentum and rapidity distributions of the Higgs boson are assumed to be those predicted for the SM Higgs boson by state-of-the-art event generators and calculations of each production process. This assumption is corroborated by studies such as the measurements of differential production cross sections [113, 114] and tests of spin and CP properties of the Higgs boson [24, 115].

For the discussion in this section, bbH is assumed to have the same signal strength as ggF, tH the same as ttH, and \(gg\rightarrow ZH\) the same as \(q\bar{q}\rightarrow ZH\), unless noted otherwise. The ggF and bbH processes lead to similar event signatures and no attempt is made to separate them in the analyses, thus the assumption of equal signal strength implies that the observed ggF signal is interpreted as a mixture of bbH and ggF events following their SM ratio of cross sections. The ttH and tH events have similar topologies. The \(gg\rightarrow ZH\) process leads to the same final state as the \(q\bar{q}\rightarrow ZH\) process. Whenever WH and ZH are combined into VH, their signal strengths are assumed to be the same.

4.1 Global signal strength

Fig. 2

The observed signal strengths and uncertainties for different Higgs boson decay channels and their combination for \(m_H=125.36\) GeV. Higgs boson signals corresponding to the same decay channel are combined together for all analyses, assuming SM values for the cross-section ratios of different production processes. The best-fit values are shown by the solid vertical lines. The total \(\pm 1\sigma \) uncertainties are indicated by green shaded bands, with the individual contributions from the statistical uncertainty (top), the total (experimental and theoretical) systematic uncertainty (middle), and the signal theoretical uncertainty (bottom) on the signal strength shown as horizontal error bars

In Sect. 2, the published ATLAS measurements on Higgs boson production and decay modes based on individual final states as well as the changes since their publication are summarised. Figure 2 shows the updated measurements of the signal-strength parameter \(\mu \) from a simultaneous fit to all decay channels analysed, assuming SM values for the cross-section ratios of different Higgs boson production processes (or equivalently all \(\mu _i\)’s of Eq. (2) are set to be equal). In the fit, the SM predictions of the signal yields are scaled by decay-dependent signal-strength parameters, independent of production processes. Compared to the separate measurements shown in Fig. 1, small changes are observed, resulting from the assignment of the Higgs boson yields in the ttH searches to appropriate decay channels, namely \(H\rightarrow WW^*\), \(H\rightarrow \tau \tau \) and \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\).4 The central values all increase slightly due to the high observed signal-strength values of the ttH searches, but the uncertainties are barely improved because of the limited significance obtained for the ttH production process with the current dataset. The most significant change in the signal strength is observed for the \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) decay. The combination of the \(VH(\rightarrow b\bar{b})\) analysis and the \(ttH(\rightarrow b\bar{b})\) search leads to an observed (expected) significance of 1.8 (2.8) standard deviations for the \(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\) decay channel.

Assuming a multiplier common to all decay modes, signal-strength measurements of individual decay modes can be combined to give a global and more precise measurement, providing the simplest consistency test with the SM expectation. Combining all measurements using the profile likelihood ratio \(\Lambda (\mu )\) results in a global signal-strength value of
$$\begin{aligned} \mu = 1.18\,^{+0.15}_{-0.14}=1.18 \pm 0.10\,(\mathrm{stat.})\pm 0.07\,(\mathrm{syst.})\,^{+0.08}_{-0.07}\,(\mathrm{theo.}), \end{aligned}$$
where the labels stat., syst. and theo. refer to statistical, systematic, and signal theoretical uncertainties, respectively. The signal theoretical uncertainty includes contributions from uncertainties in SM cross sections and branching ratios as well as in the modelling of the production and decays of the Higgs boson, as discussed in Sect. 3. The theoretical uncertainties of background processes are included in the uncertainty labelled as systematic uncertainty.
Table 4

Measured signal strengths \(\mu \) at \(m_H=125.36\) GeV and their total \(\pm 1\sigma \) uncertainties for different production modes for the \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV data and the combination with the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV data. The \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV data do not have sufficient statistical power to yield meaningful measurements for individual production modes, but are included in the combination. Shown in the square brackets are uncertainty components: statistical (first), systematic (second) and signal theoretical (third) uncertainties. These results are derived using SM values for the ratios of branching ratios of different Higgs boson decay channels

Production process

Signal strength \(\mu \) at \(m_H=125.36\) GeV

\(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV

Combined \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV

ggF

\(1.23\,^{+0.25}_{-0.21}\)\(\left[ {^{+0.16}_{-0.16}}\, {^{+0.10}_{-0.08}}\, {^{+0.16}_{-0.11}}\right] \)

\(1.23\,^{+0.23}_{-0.20}\)\(\left[ {^{+0.14}_{-0.14}}\, {^{+0.09}_{-0.08}}\, {^{+0.16}_{-0.12}}\right] \)

VBF

\(1.55^{+0.39}_{-0.35}\)\(\left[ {^{+0.32}_{-0.31}}\, {^{+0.17}_{-0.13}}\, {^{+0.13}_{-0.11}}\right] \)

\(1.23\pm 0.32\)\(\left[ {^{+0.28}_{-0.27}}\, {^{+0.13}_{-0.12}}\, {^{+0.11}_{-0.09}}\right] \)

VH

\( 0.93\pm 0.39\)\(\left[ {^{+0.37}_{-0.33}}\, {^{+0.20}_{-0.18}}\, {^{+0.12}_{-0.06}}\right] \)

\( 0.80\pm 0.36\)\(\left[ {^{+0.31}_{-0.30}}\, {^{+0.17}_{-0.17}}\, {^{+0.10}_{-0.05}}\right] \)

ttH

\(1.62\pm 0.78\)\(\left[ {^{+0.51}_{-0.50}}\, {^{+0.58}_{-0.54}}\, {^{+0.28}_{-0.10}}\right] \)

\(1.81\pm 0.80\)\(\left[ {^{+0.52}_{-0.50}}\, {^{+0.58}_{-0.55}}\, {^{+0.31}_{-0.12}}\right] \)

The uncertainty on the global signal strength has comparable statistical and systematic components and is significantly reduced compared to the individual measurements, as illustrated in Fig. 2. Here, the largest source of experimental systematic uncertainty is from background estimates in the analyses of individual channels. This result is consistent with the SM expectation of \(\mu =1\), with a p-value of \(18~\%\), All individual measurements of the signal-strength parameters are consistent and compatible with the combined value, with a p-value of \(76~\%\).

Performing independent combinations of measurements at \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV independently lead to signal-strength values of
$$\begin{aligned} \mu (7\,\mathrm{TeV})= & {} 0.75\,^{+0.32}_{-0.29}=0.75\,^{+0.28}_{-0.26}\,(\mathrm{stat.})\,^{+0.13}_{-0.11}\,(\mathrm{syst.})\,^{+0.08}_{-0.05}\,(\mathrm{theo.}),\ \mathrm{and} \\ \mu (8\,\mathrm{TeV})= & {} 1.28\,^{+0.17}_{-0.15}=1.28 \pm 0.11\,(\mathrm{stat.})\,^{+0.08}_{-0.07}\,(\mathrm{syst.})\,^{+0.10}_{-0.08}\,(\mathrm{theo.})\end{aligned}$$
at these two energies. The relative theoretical uncertainty of \(\sim \)7 % on the measured \(\mu \) value at \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV arises predominantly from the uncertainty on the total cross section, but is nevertheless smaller than the corresponding uncertainty of \(\sim \)9 % on the total SM cross section shown in Table 1, because \(\mu \) is effectively a weighted average of the signal-strength measurements in all categories: the contributions from VBF and VH production, which have comparatively small theoretical uncertainties, have larger weights in this average than in the total cross section.

4.2 Individual production processes

In addition to the signal strengths of different decay channels, the signal strengths of different production modes are also determined, exploiting the sensitivity offered by the use of event categories in the analyses of all channels.

The Higgs boson production modes can be probed with four signal-strength parameters: \(\mu _\mathrm{ggF}\), \(\mu _\mathrm{VBF}\), \(\mu _{VH}\) and \(\mu _{ttH}\), one for each main production mode, combining Higgs boson signals from different decay channels under the assumption of SM values for the ratios of the branching ratios of different Higgs boson decays. This assumption is equivalent to set all \(\mu _f's\) in Eq. (2) to be equal. The SM predictions of the signal yields are scaled by these four production-dependent parameters. The best-fit values of these parameters for the \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV data separately and in combination with the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV data are shown in Table 4. Uncertainty components from statistics, systematics, and signal theory are also shown. The accuracy with which the uncertainties are broken down is limited by the precision of the fit and more importantly by the approximations made in individual analyses when neglecting uncertainties which are small with respect to, e.g., the statistical uncertainty. The \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV combined values with their total uncertainties are also illustrated in Fig. 3. The \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV data are included in the combinations only, as they have limited statistical power to distinguish between different production modes. The signal-strength measurements are in reasonable agreement with the SM predictions of unity. Although the results support the SM prediction of the ttH production (see Sect. 4.4), this production process remains to be firmly established in future LHC runs. Thus, a 95 % CL upper limit on its signal strength is also derived. Combining the results from various analyses with sensitivity to ttH production, the observed and expected limits are \(\mu _{ttH}<3.2\) and \(1.4\), respectively.
Fig. 3

The best-fit signal-strength values of different production modes determined from the combined fit to the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV data. Higgs boson signals corresponding to the same production process but from different decay channels are combined together, assuming SM values for the ratios of the branching ratios of different Higgs boson decay channels. The inner and outer error bars correspond to 68  and 95 % CL intervals. Total uncertainties combining statistical, experimental and theoretical systematic uncertainties are shown

Table 5

Measured cross sections of different Higgs boson production processes at \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV for \(m_H=125.36\) GeV obtained from the signal-strength values of Table 4. Their SM predictions can be found in Table 1. Shown in the square brackets are uncertainty components: statistical (first), systematic (second) and signal theoretical (third) uncertainties. The theoretical uncertainties here arise from the modelling of Higgs boson production and decays. These results are derived using the SM values of the Higgs boson decay branching ratios

Production process

Cross section (pb) at \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV

ggF

\(23.9\pm 3.6\)\(\left[ ^{+3.1}_{-3.1}\, {^{+1.9}_{-1.6}}\, {^{+1.0}_{-1.0}}\right] \)

VBF

\(2.43\pm 0.58\)\(\left[ ^{+0.50}_{-0.49}\, {^{+0.27}_{-0.20}}\, {^{+0.19}_{-0.16}}\right] \)

VH

\(1.03\pm 0.53\)\(\left[ ^{+0.37}_{-0.36}\, {^{+0.22}_{-0.20}}\, {^{+0.13}_{-0.06}}\right] \)

ttH

\(0.24\pm 0.11\)\(\left[ ^{+0.07}_{-0.07}\, {^{+0.08}_{-0.08}}\, {^{+0.01}_{-0.01}}\right] \)

The signal-strength measurements shown in Table 4 are extrapolated to total cross-section measurements for each production process, as shown in Table 5 for \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV, with the further assumption of SM values for the Higgs boson decay branching ratios. The theoretical uncertainties on the absolute values of the SM Higgs boson production cross sections are thereby removed, but significant theoretical uncertainties remain, related to the modelling of the Higgs boson production and of the acceptance of the event selection. One can sum the different cross sections to obtain an overall extrapolated cross section for Higgs boson production. The measurement is performed at \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV as well despite of the limited statistical power of the dataset. The resulting total Higgs boson production cross sections at the two energies are
$$\begin{aligned} \sigma _H(7\,\mathrm{TeV})= & {} 22.1\,^{+7.4}_{-6.0}\,\mathrm{pb} \\= & {} 22.1\,^{+6.7}_{-5.3}\,(\mathrm{stat.})\,^{+2.7}_{-2.3}\,(\mathrm{syst.})\,^{+1.9}_{-1.4}\,(\mathrm{theo.})\, \mathrm{pb},\ \mathrm{and} \\ \sigma _H(8\,\mathrm{TeV})= & {} 27.7\pm 3.7\,\mathrm{pb} \\= & {} 27.7\pm 3.0\, (\mathrm{stat.})\,^{+2.0}_{-1.7}\,(\mathrm{syst.})\,^{+1.2}_{-0.9}\,(\mathrm{theo.})\, \mathrm{pb}\,, \end{aligned}$$
to be compared with the theoretical predictions of \(17.4\pm 1.6\) pb at \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV and \(22.3\pm 2.0\) pb at \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV, as shown in Table 1.
Fig. 4

Likelihood contours in the \((\mu ^f_{\mathrm {ggF}+ttH}, \mu ^f_{\mathrm {VBF}+VH})\) plane for a Higgs boson mass \(m_H=125.36\) GeV measured separately for \(H\rightarrow WW^*,\, ZZ^*,\, b\bar{b},\, \gamma \gamma \) and \(\tau \tau \) decays. SM values are assumed for the relative contributions between ggF and ttH and between VBF and VH production. The straight lower portions of the \(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \) and \(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\rightarrow 4\ell \) contours are due to the small numbers of events in these channels and the requirement of a positive probability density function. The best-fit values to the data (plus symbol) and the \(68~\%\) (full) and \(95~\%\) (dashed) CL contours are indicated, as well as the SM expectation \((*)\)

These cross sections are different from what one would naively expect from the global signal-strength values discussed in Sect. 4.1, particularly for \(\sqrt{s}=7\) TeV. The differences are largely the result of analysis categorisation. Categories often explore production processes or phase-space regions with distinct signal-event topologies. The resulting high signal-to-background ratios can significantly improve the precision of the signal-strength measurements. However, these categories often account for small fractions of the production cross section and thus have limited impact on the total cross-section measurement, which is dominated by processes with larger expected cross sections. One good example is the VBF category. It contributes significantly to the global signal-strength measurement, but has a relatively minor impact on the total cross-section measurement.

4.3 Boson and fermion-mediated production processes

The Higgs boson production processes can be categorised into two groups according to the Higgs boson couplings to fermions (ggF and ttH) or vector bosons (VBF and VH). Potential deviations from the SM can be tested with two signal-strength parameters, \(\mu ^f_{\text {ggF}+ttH}\equiv (\mu ^f_{\text {ggF}}=\mu ^f_{ttH}\)) and \(\mu ^f_{\text {VBF}+VH}\equiv (\mu ^f_{\text {VBF}}=\mu ^f_{VH})\) for each decay channel f, assuming SM values for the ratio of ggF and ttH cross sections and the ratio of VBF and VH cross sections. Signal contaminations from one group to another, e.g. ggF events with two jets passing the VBF selection, are taken into account in the simultaneous fit. The 68 and 95 % CL two-dimensional contours of \(\mu ^f_{\text {ggF}+ttH}\) and \(\mu ^f_{\text {VBF}+VH}\) of the five main decay channels are shown in Fig. 4. The measurements of \(H\rightarrow \mu \mu \) and \(H\rightarrow Z\gamma \) decays have relatively poor sensitivities and are therefore not included in the figure. The cutoff in the contours of the \(H{\rightarrow \,}\gamma \gamma \) and \(H \rightarrow ZZ^{*}\) decays is caused by the expected sum of signal and background yields in one of the contributing measurements going below zero in some regions of the parameter space shown in Fig. 4. The SM expectation of \(\mu ^f_{\text {ggF}+ttH}=1\) and \(\mu ^f_{\text {VBF}+VH}=1\) is within the 68 % CL contour of most of these measurements.
Table 6

The best-fit values and their uncertainties for the ratio \(R_{ff}\) of cross sections for the vector-boson- and fermion-mediated production processes relative to their SM values at \(m_H=125.36\) GeV for the individual decay channels and their combination. Shown in the square brackets are uncertainty components: statistical (first), systematic (second) and signal theoretical (third) uncertainties. These results are independent of the Higgs boson decay branching ratios

Decay channel

Cross-section ratio \(R_{ff}\)

\(H\rightarrow \gamma \gamma \)

\(0.56\,^{+0.66}_{-0.45}\ \ \left[ {^{+0.62}_{-0.42}}\, {^{+0.15}_{-0.09}}\, {^{+0.18}_{-0.15}}\right] \)

\(H\rightarrow ZZ^*\)

\(0.18\,^{+1.20}_{-0.52}\ \ \left[ {^{+1.16}_{-0.50}}\, {^{+0.23}_{-0.05}}\, {^{+0.23}_{-0.16}}\right] \)

\(H\rightarrow WW^*\)

\(1.47\,^{+0.80}_{-0.54}\ \ \left[ {^{+0.63}_{-0.47}}\, {^{+0.37}_{-0.19}}\, {^{+0.31}_{-0.18}}\right] \)

\(H\rightarrow \tau \tau \)

\(0.81\,^{+2.19}_{-0.49}\ \ \left[ {^{+1.36}_{-0.41}}\, {^{+1.68}_{-0.15}}\, {^{+0.39}_{-0.23}}\right] \)

\(H\rightarrow b\bar{b}\)

\(0.33\,^{+1.03}_{-0.25}\ \ \left[ {^{+0.39}_{-0.20}}\, {^{+0.94}_{-0.14}}\, {^{+0.18}_{-0.06}}\right] \)

Combined

\(0.96\,^{+0.43}_{-0.31}\ \ \left[ {^{+0.33}_{-0.26}}\, {^{+0.20}_{-0.13}}\, {^{+0.18}_{-0.10}}\right] \)

The relative production cross sections of the processes mediated by vector bosons and by fermions can be tested using the ratio \(\mu ^f_{\text {VBF}+VH}/\mu ^f_{\text {ggF}+ttH}\). When measured separately for each decay channel, this ratio reduces to the ratio of production cross sections because the Higgs boson decay branching ratios cancel and is equivalent to the ratio of \(\mu _i\) defined in Sect. 4.1, i.e.,
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{\mu ^f_{\text {VBF}+VH}}{\mu ^f_{\text {ggF}+ttH}} = \frac{\sigma _{\text {VBF}+VH}/\sigma _{\text {ggF}+ttH}}{\left[ \sigma _{\text {VBF}+VH}/\sigma _{\text {ggF}+ttH}\right] }_\mathrm{SM}=\frac{\mu _{\mathrm{VBF}+VH}}{\mu _{\mathrm{ggF}+ttH}} \equiv R_{ff}. \end{aligned}$$
(5)
The observed ratios are shown in Table 6 and illustrated in Fig. 5 for the five main decay channels. The signal-strength parameter \(\mu ^f_{\mathrm{ggF}+ttH}\) of each decay channel is profiled in the fit. The combination of these measurements yields an overall value of the ratio of cross sections for the vector-boson- and fermion-mediated processes (relative to its SM prediction):
$$\begin{aligned} R_\mathrm{Combined} =0.96\,^{+0.43}_{-0.31}=0.96\,^{+0.33}_{-0.26}\,(\mathrm{stat.})\,^{+0.20}_{-0.13}\,(\mathrm{syst.})\,^{+0.18}_{-0.10}\,(\mathrm{theo.}). \end{aligned}$$

4.4 Ratios of production cross sections and partial decay widths

At the LHC, the Higgs boson production cross sections and decay branching ratios cannot be separately determined in a model-independent way as only their products are measured. However, the ratios of cross sections and ratios of branching ratios can be disentangled without any assumptions, within the validity of the narrow width approximation of the Higgs boson. By normalising to the cross section of the \(gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*\) production process, \(\sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\), the yields of other Higgs boson production modes and decay channels can be parameterised using the ratios of cross sections and ratios of branching ratios. For the production and decay \(i\rightarrow H\rightarrow f\), the yield is then
$$\begin{aligned}&\sigma _i\cdot \mathrm{BR}_f = \left( \sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\cdot \mathrm{BR}_{WW^*}\right) \times \left( \frac{\sigma _i}{\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}}\right) \times \left( \frac{\mathrm{BR}_f}{\mathrm{BR}_{WW^*}}\right) \nonumber \\&\quad = \sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\times \left( \frac{\sigma _i}{\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}}\right) \times \left( \frac{\Gamma _f}{\Gamma _{WW^*}}\right) . \end{aligned}$$
(6)
The ratio of branching ratios in the above equation is substituted by the equivalent ratio of partial decay widths. The ratios extracted from the measured yields are independent of theoretical predictions on the inclusive cross sections and partial decay widths (and thus branching ratios). Furthermore, many experimental systematic uncertainties cancel in the ratios. The residual theoretical uncertainties are related to the modelling of the Higgs boson production and decay, which impacts the signal acceptance calculations. The \(gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*\) process is chosen as the reference because it has both the smallest statistical and overall uncertainties, as shown in Fig. 2.
Fig. 5

The ratios of cross sections for the vector-boson- and fermion-mediated processes relative to their SM values at \(m_H=125.36\) GeV, measured in the individual Higgs boson decay final states and their combination, \(R_\mathrm{Combined}\) (see text). The inner and outer error bars represent 68 and 95 % CL intervals, combining statistical and systematic uncertainties. These measurements are independent of Higgs boson decay branching ratios

The \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV data are fitted with \(\sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\), \(\sigma _i/\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\) and \(\Gamma _f/\Gamma _{WW^*}\) as parameters of interest and the results are listed in Table 7, together with the SM predictions [32]. The results after normalising to their SM values are illustrated in Fig. 6. The results of \(\sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\) and \(\sigma _i/\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\) from the combined analysis of the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV data are shown for \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV, assuming the SM values for \(\sigma _i(7~\mathrm{TeV})/\sigma _i(8~\mathrm{TeV})\). The WH and ZH production processes are treated independently in the fit to allow for direct comparisons with theoretical predictions. The searches for \(H\rightarrow \mu \mu \) and \(H\rightarrow Z\gamma \) decays are included in the fit, but the current datasets do not result in sensitive measurements for these two decays. Therefore only 95 % CL upper limits are derived, namely \(0.006\) for \(\Gamma _{\mu \mu }/\Gamma _{WW^*}\) and \(0.078\) for \(\Gamma _{Z\gamma }/\Gamma _{WW^*}\). The p-value of the compatibility between the data and the SM predictions is found to be \(80~\%\).
Table 7

Best-fit values of \(\sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\), \(\sigma _i/\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\) and \(\Gamma _f/\Gamma _{WW^*}\) for a Higgs boson with \(m_H=125.36\) GeV from the combined analysis of the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV data. The cross-section ratios are given for \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV assuming the SM values for \(\sigma _i(7~\mathrm{TeV})/\sigma _i(8~\mathrm{TeV})\). Shown in square brackets are uncertainty components: statistical (first), systematic (second) and signal theoretical (third) uncertainties. The SM predictions [32] are shown in the last column

Parameter

Best-fit value

SM prediction

\(\sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\) (pb)

\(4.86\,^{+0.95}_{-0.90}\)\(\left[ ^{+0.76}_{-0.74}\,^{+0.52}_{-0.48}\,^{+0.26}_{-0.18}\right] \)

\(4.22\pm 0.47\)

\(\sigma _\mathrm{VBF}/\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\)

\(0.081\,^{+0.035}_{-0.026}\)\(\left[ ^{+0.031}_{-0.024}\,^{+0.016}_{-0.010}\,^{+0.008}_{-0.005}\right] \)

\(0.082\pm 0.009\)

\(\sigma _{WH}/\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\)

\(0.053\,^{+0.037}_{-0.026}\)\(\left[ ^{+0.032}_{-0.023}\,^{+0.018}_{-0.012}\,^{+0.008}_{-0.004}\right] \)

\(0.036\pm 0.004\)

\(\sigma _{ZH}/\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\)

\(0.013\,^{+0.030}_{-0.014}\)\(\left[ ^{+0.021}_{-0.013}\,^{+0.020}_{-0.005}\,^{+0.005}_{-0.002}\right] \)

\(0.021\pm 0.002\)

\(\sigma _{ttH}/\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\)

\(0.012\,^{+0.007}_{-0.005}\)\(\left[ ^{+0.005}_{-0.004}\,^{+0.004}_{-0.003}\,^{+0.0014}_{-0.0005}\right] \)

\(0.007\pm 0.001\)

\(\Gamma _{\gamma \gamma }/\Gamma _{WW^*}\)

\(0.010\,^{+0.003}_{-0.003}\)\(\left[ ^{+0.003}_{-0.002}\,^{+0.002}_{-0.001}\,^{+0.0006}_{-0.0004}\right] \)

\(0.01036\pm 0.00011\)

\(\Gamma _{ZZ^*}/\Gamma _{WW^*}\)

\(0.15\,^{+0.05}_{-0.04}\)\(\left[ ^{+0.046}_{-0.036}\,^{+0.022}_{-0.013}\,^{+0.008}_{-0.005}\right] \)

\(0.124\,\pm <\!0.001\)

\(\Gamma _{\tau \tau }/\Gamma _{WW^*}\)

\(0.34\,^{+0.14}_{-0.11}\)\(\left[ ^{+0.112}_{-0.090}\,^{+0.084}_{-0.053}\,^{+0.032}_{-0.017}\right] \)

\(0.285\pm 0.006\)

\(\Gamma _{bb}/\Gamma _{WW^*}\)

\(1.53\,^{+1.64}_{-0.94}\)\(\left[ ^{+1.17}_{-0.69}\,^{+1.11}_{-0.63}\,^{+0.30}_{-0.12}\right] \)

\(2.60\pm 0.12\)

The results exhibit a few interesting features that are worth mentioning. As a multiplicative factor common to all rates in this parameterisation, \(\sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\) is pulled up in the fit to accommodate the observed large global signal-strength value (Sect. 4.1). The best-fit value of \(\sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\) is approximately 15 % above the SM prediction, to be compared to the significantly lower value of \(0.98\,^{+0.29}_{-0.26}\), found from the stand-alone measurement from the \(H\rightarrow WW^*\) decay (see Fig. 1). Moreover, there are by construction large anti-correlations between \(\sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\), \(\sigma _i/\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\) and \(\Gamma _f/\Gamma _{WW^*}\).

Table 8 shows the observed and expected significances in units of standard deviations of the VBF, WH, ZH and ttH production processes. Listed under VH are the combined significances of WH and ZH production, assuming the SM value for their relative cross sections. The significance is calculated from a likelihood scan, where the contributions from other processes are fixed at their best-fit values. As the \(gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*\) process is chosen as the reference, the significances are calculated using the observable \(\sigma (gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*)\) for the ggF process and the cross-section ratios \(\sigma _i/\sigma _\mathrm{ggF}\) for all other processes. The cross-section ratios are independent of the Higgs boson decay branching ratios and have the advantage of the cancellation of many experimental uncertainties. The result provides an unequivocal confirmation of the gluon fusion production of the Higgs boson with its significance exceeding well above five standard deviations. Furthermore, the result also offers strong evidence, at \(4.3\) standard deviations, of vector-boson fusion production and supports the SM assumptions of production in association with vector bosons or a pair of top quarks.

An alternative parameterisation normalising the ratios of cross sections and of branching ratios to their SM values is presented in Appendix A.
Fig. 6

The \(gg\rightarrow H\rightarrow WW^*\) cross section, ratios of cross sections and of partial decay widths relative to their SM values at \(m_H=125.36\) GeV from the combined analyses of the \(\sqrt{s}=7\) and 8 TeV data. The inner and outer error bars on the measurements are 68 and 95 % CL intervals. The SM predictions are shown as the vertical line at unity with grey bands representing theoretical uncertainties on the ratios of inclusive cross sections and of partial decay widths

5 Coupling-strength fits

In the previous section signal-strength parameter \(\mu _{i}^{f}\) for a given Higgs boson production or decay mode is discussed. For a measurement of Higgs boson coupling strengths, production and decay modes cannot be treated independently, as each observed process involves at least two Higgs boson coupling strengths. Scenarios with a consistent treatment of coupling strengths in production and decay modes are studied in this section. All uncertainties on the best-fit values shown take into account both the experimental and theoretical systematic uncertainties. For selected benchmark models a breakdown of parameter uncertainties in statistical uncertainties and in experimental and theoretical systematic uncertainties is presented.

5.1 Framework for coupling-strength measurements

Following the leading-order (LO) tree-level-motivated framework and benchmark models recommended in Ref. [32], measurements of Higgs boson coupling-strength scale factors \(\kappa _{j}\) are implemented for the combination of all analyses and channels summarised in Table 3.
Table 8

The observed and expected significances in units of standard deviations for different Higgs boson production processes except ggF production which is well established (see text). The significances of VH production are obtained by combining the WH and ZH processes, assuming the SM value for their relative cross sections. All significances are calculated under the asymptotic approximation [112]

Process

VBF

ttH

WH

ZH

VH

Observed

4.3

2.5

2.1

0.9

2.6

Expected

3.8

1.5

2.0

2.1

3.1

5.1.1 Structure and assumptions of the framework for benchmark models

The framework is based on the assumption that the signals observed in the different channels originate from a single narrow resonance with a mass near \(125.36~ \mathrm{GeV}\). The case of several, possibly overlapping, resonances in this mass region is not considered. Unless otherwise noted, the Higgs boson production and decay kinematics are assumed to be compatible with those expected for a SM Higgs boson, similar to what was assumed for the signal-strength measurements of Sect. 4.

The width of the assumed Higgs boson near \(125.36~ \mathrm{GeV}\) is neglected in the Higgs boson propagator, i.e. the zero-width approximation is used. In this approximation, the cross section \(\sigma ( i \rightarrow H\rightarrow f )\) for on-shell measurements can always be decomposed as follows:
$$\begin{aligned} \sigma ( i \rightarrow H \rightarrow f ) = \frac{\sigma _{ i }(\kappa _{j})\cdot \Gamma _{ f }(\kappa _{j})}{\Gamma _{{ H}}(\kappa _{j})} \end{aligned}$$
(7)
where \(\sigma _{ i }\) is the Higgs boson production cross section through the initial state \( i \), \(\Gamma _{ f }\) its the partial decay width into the final state \( f \) and \(\Gamma _{{ H}}\) the total width of the Higgs boson. The index j runs over all Higgs boson couplings. The components of \(\sigma _{ i }\), \(\Gamma _{ f }\), and \(\Gamma _{{ H}}\) of Eq. (7) are expressed in scale factors \(\kappa _{j}\) of the Higgs boson coupling strengths to other particles j that are motivated by the leading-order processes that contribute to production or decay, and are detailed in Sect. 5.1.2. All scale factors are defined such that a value of \(\kappa _{j}=1\) corresponds to the best available SM prediction, including higher-order QCD and EW corrections. This higher-order accuracy is generally lost for \(\kappa _{j}\ne 1\), nevertheless higher-order QCD corrections approximately factorise with respect to coupling rescaling and are accounted for wherever possible.
Modifications of the coupling scale factors change the Higgs boson width \(\Gamma _{{ H}}(\kappa _j)\) by a factor \(\kappa _{{ H}}^2(\kappa _{j})\) with respect to the SM Higgs boson \(\Gamma _{{ H}}^\mathrm{SM}\),
$$\begin{aligned} \Gamma _{{ H}}(\kappa _j) = \kappa _{{ H}}^2(\kappa _{j})\cdot \Gamma _{{ H}}^\mathrm{SM} , \end{aligned}$$
where \(\kappa _{{ H}}^2(\kappa _{j})\) is the sum of the scale factors \(\kappa _{j}^{2}\) weighted by the corresponding SM branching ratios. The total width of the Higgs boson increases beyond modifications of \(\kappa _{j}\) if invisible or undetected Higgs boson decays5 occur that are not present in the SM. Including a Higgs boson branching fraction \(\mathrm {BR_{i.,u.}}\) to such invisible or undetected decays, the full expression for the assumed Higgs boson width becomes
$$\begin{aligned} \Gamma _{{ H}}(\kappa _j,\mathrm {BR_{i.,u.}}) = \frac{\kappa _{{ H}}^2(\kappa _{j})}{(1-\mathrm {BR_{i.,u.}})} \Gamma _{{ H}}^\mathrm{SM}. \end{aligned}$$
(8)
As \(\mathrm {BR_{i.,u.}}\) scales all observed cross-sections of on-shell Higgs boson production \(\sigma ( i \rightarrow H\rightarrow f )\), some assumption about invisible decays must be made to be able to interpret these measurements in terms of absolute coupling-strength scale factors \(\kappa _{j}\). The signal-strength measurements of off-shell Higgs boson production [21], on the other hand, is assumed to only depend on the coupling-strength scale factors and not on the total width  [103, 104], i.e.
$$\begin{aligned} \sigma ^\mathrm{off}( i \rightarrow H^{*}\rightarrow f ) \sim \kappa _{i,\mathrm{off}}^2 \cdot \kappa _{f,\mathrm{off}}^2 \end{aligned}$$
(9)
where the additional assumption of non-running coupling-strength scale factors, \(\kappa _{j,\mathrm{off}} = \kappa _{j,\mathrm{on}}\) allows \(\Gamma _{H}\) to be constrained using using Eq. (8), from a simultaneous measurement of on-shell and off-shell measurements. While this assumption of non-running coupling-strength scale factors cannot hold universally for ggF and VBF production without violating unitarity, it is assumed to hold in the region of phase space of the off-shell \(H^*\rightarrow WW\) and \(H^*\rightarrow ZZ\) measurements described in Sect. 2.9 which is relatively close to the on-shell regime [116]. Alternatively, ratios of coupling-strength scale factors can be measured without assumptions on the Higgs boson total width, as the identical contributions of \(\Gamma _{{ H}}\) to each coupling strength cancel in any ratio of these.
Finally, only modifications of coupling strengths, i.e. of absolute values of coupling strengths, are taken into account, while the tensor structure of the couplings is assumed to be the same as in the SM. This means in particular that the observed state is assumed to be a CP-even scalar as in the SM. This assumption was tested by both the ATLAS [24] and CMS [115] Collaborations.
Table 9

Overview of Higgs boson production cross sections \(\sigma _{i}\), the Higgs boson partial decay widths