Combination of Searches for Invisible Higgs Boson Decays with the ATLAS Experiment

18 June 2019

Abstract: Dark matter particles, if sufficiently light, may be produced in decays of the Higgs boson. This Letter presents a statistical combination of searches for $H\to \text{invisible}$ decays where $H$ is produced according to the standard model via vector boson fusion, $Z\left(\ell \ell \right)H$, and $W/Z\left(\mathrm{had}\right)H$, all performed with the ATLAS detector using $36.1\text{}\text{}{\mathrm{fb}}^{-1}$ of $pp$ collisions at a center-of-mass energy of $\sqrt{s}=13\text{}\text{}\mathrm{TeV}$ at the LHC. In combination with the results at $\sqrt{s}=7$ and 8 TeV, an exclusion limit on the $H\to \text{invisible}$ branching ratio of $0.26\left(0.1{7}_{-0.05}^{+0.07}\right)$ at 95% confidence level is observed (expected).

Published in: Physical Review Letters 122 (2019)