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Search for invisibly decaying Higgs bosons with large decay width using the OPAL detector at LEP

G Abbiendi, C Ainsley, PF Akesson, G Alexander, G Anagnostou, KJ Anderson, S Asai, D Axen, I Bailey, E Barberio, T Barillari, RJ Barlow, RJ Batley, P Bechtle, T Behnke, KW Bell, PJ Bell, G Bella, A Bellerive, G Benelli Show all



This paper describes a topological search for an invisibly decaying Higgs boson, H, produced via the Bjorken process (e+e-→HZ). The analysis is based on data recorded using the OPAL detector at LEP at centre-of-mass energies from 183 to 209 GeV corresponding to a total integrated luminosity of 629 pb-1. In the analysis only hadronic decays of the Z boson are considered. A scan over Higgs boson masses from 1 to 120 GeV and decay widths from 1 to 3000 GeV revealed no indication for a signal in the data. From a likelihood ratio of expected signal and standard model background we determine upper limits on cross-section times branching ratio to an invisible final state. For moderate Higgs boson d..

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