Limits on the Higgs boson lifetime and width from its decay to four charged leptons

CMS Collaboration, Shimaa Abu Zeid, Freya Blekman, Jorgen D'Hondt, Nadir Daci, Isabelle Helena De Bruyn, Kevin Deroover, Natalie Heracleous, James Keaveney, Steven Lowette, Lieselotte Moreels, Annik Olbrechts, Quentin Python, Derek Strom, Stefaan Tavernier, Walter Van Doninck, Petra Van Mulders, Isis Marina Van Parijs

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Constraints on the lifetime and width of the Higgs boson are obtained from H→ZZ→4ℓ events using data recorded by the CMS experiment during the LHC run 1 with an integrated luminosity of 5.1 and 19.7  fb−1 at a center-of-mass energy of 7 and 8 TeV, respectively. The measurement of the Higgs boson lifetime is derived from its flight distance in the CMS detector with an upper bound of τH<1.9×10−13  s at the 95% confidence level (C.L.), corresponding to a lower bound on the width of ΓH>3.5×10−9  MeV. The measurement of the width is obtained from an off-shell production technique, generalized to include anomalous couplings of the Higgs boson to two electroweak bosons. From this measurement, a joint constraint is set on the Higgs boson width and a parameter fΛQ that expresses an anomalous coupling contribution as an on-shell cross-section fraction. The limit on the Higgs boson width is ΓH<46  MeV with fΛQ unconstrained and ΓH<26  MeV for fΛQ=0 at the 95% C.L. The constraint fΛQ<3.8×10−3 at the 95% C.L. is obtained for the expected standard model Higgs boson width.
Original languageEnglish
Article number072010
Number of pages28
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2015


  • Physics
  • CMS

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