Journal article

Search for the single production of doubly-charged Higgs bosons and constraints on their couplings from Bhabha scattering

G Abbiendi, C Ainsley, PF Akesson, G Alexander, J Allison, P Amaral, G Anagnostou, KJ Anderson, S Arcelli, S Asai, D Axen, G Azuelos, I Bailey, E Barberio, RJ Barlow, RJ Batley, P Bechtle, T Behnke, KW Bell, PJ Bell Show all

PHYSICS LETTERS B | ELSEVIER | Published : 2003

Abstract

A search for the single production of doubly-charged Higgs bosons is performed using e+e- collision data collected by the OPAL experiment at centre-of-mass energies between 189 GeV and 209 GeV. No evidence for the existence of H±± is observed. Upper limits are derived on hee, the Yukawa coupling of the H±± to like-signed electron pairs. A 95% confidence level upper limit of hee < 0. 071 is inferred for M(H±±) < 160 GeV assuming that the sum of the branching fractions of the H±± to all lepton flavour combinations is 100%. Additionally, indirect constraints on hee from Bhabha scattering at centre-of-mass energies between 183 GeV and 209 GeV, where the H±± would contribute via t-channel exchang..

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