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arXiv:1808.01660
CERN-TH-2018-175
CP3-18-52
NIKHEF/2018-037
JHEP

by: Deutschmann, Nicolas (Zurich, ETH) et al.

Abstract:
We study the production of a Higgs boson in association with bottom quarks ($b\bar{b}H$) in hadronic collisions at the LHC, including the different contributions stemming from terms proportional to the top-quark Yukawa coupling ($y_t^2$), to the bottom-quark one ($y_b^2$), and to their interference ($y_b y_t$). Our results are accurate to next-to-leading order in QCD, employ the four-flavour scheme and the (Born-improved) heavy-top quark approximation. We find that next-to-leading order corrections to the $y_t^2$ component are sizable, making it the dominant production mechanism for associated $b\bar{b}H$ production in the Standard Model and increasing its inclusive rate by almost a factor of two. By studying final-state distributions of the various contributions, we identify observables and selection cuts that can be used to select the various components and to improve the experimental sensitivity of $b\bar{b}H$ production on the bottom-quark Yukawa coupling.
Link: 
http://inspirehep.net/record/1685087
Publ date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 03:09