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    Search for Higgs Boson Decay to a Charm Quark-Antiquark Pair in Proton-Proton Collisions at √s = 13 TeV

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    A search for the standard model Higgs boson decaying to a charm quark-antiquark pair, H→cÂŻc, produced in association with a leptonically decaying V (W or Z) boson is presented. The search is performed with proton-proton collisions at √s=13  TeV collected by the CMS experiment, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 138  fb−1. Novel charm jet identification and analysis methods using machine learning techniques are employed. The analysis is validated by searching for Z→cÂŻc in VZ events, leading to its first observation at a hadron collider with a significance of 5.7 standard deviations. The observed (expected) upper limit on σ(VH)B(H→cÂŻc) is 0.94 (0.50+0.22−0.15)pb at 95% confidence level (C.L.), corresponding to 14 (7.6+3.4−2.3) times the standard model prediction. For the Higgs-charm Yukawa coupling modifier, Îșc, the observed (expected) 95% C.L. interval is 1.1<|Îșc|<5.5 (|Îșc|<3.4), the most stringent constraint to date

    Search for high-mass exclusive γγ → WW and γγ → ZZ production in proton-proton collisions at s \sqrt{s} = 13 TeV