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    Search for the Standard Model Higgs boson in decays in H → τ+τ− proton-proton collisions with the ATLAS detector

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    The status of the search for the Standard Model (SM) Higgs decaying into a τ pair is reported. The analysis is based on the proton-proton data collected with the ATLAS detector corresponding to integrated luminosities of 4.6 fb−1 and 13.0 fb−1 at centre-of-mass energies of √s = 7TeV and 8TeV, respectively. The observed (expected) upper limit at 95% CL on the σ × BR for SM H → τ+τ− is found to be 1.9 (1.2) × SM prediction for mH = 125 GeV. For this Higgs mass the observed (expected) deviation for the background only hypothesis corresponds to a local significance of 1.1 (1.7) standard deviations

    Acoustic power absorption and enhancement generated by slow and fast MHD waves

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    We used long duration, high quality, unresolved (Sun-as-a star) observations collected by the ground based network BiSON and by the instruments GOLF and VIRGO on board the ESA/NASA SOHO satellite to search for solar-cycle-related changes in mode characteristics in velocity and continuum intensity for the frequency range between 2.5mHz < nu < 6.8mHz. Over the ascending phase of solar cycle 23 we found a suppression in the p-mode amplitudes both in the velocity and intensity data between 2.5mHz <nu< 4.5mHz with a maximum suppression for frequencies in the range between 2.5mHz <nu< 3.5mHz. The size of the amplitude suppression is 13+-2 per cent for the velocity and 9+-2 per cent for the intensity observations. Over the range 4.5mHz <nu< 5.5mHz the findings hint within the errors to a null change both in the velocity and intensity amplitudes. At still higher frequencies, in the so called High-frequency Interference Peaks (HIPs) between 5.8mHz <nu < 6.8mHz, we found an enhancement in the velocity amplitudes with the maximum 36+-7 per cent occurring for 6.3mHz <nu< 6.8mHz. However, in intensity observations we found a rather smaller enhancement of about 5+-2 per cent in the same interval. There is evidence that the frequency dependence of solar-cycle velocity amplitude changes is consistent with the theory behind the mode conversion of acoustic waves in a non-vertical magnetic field, but there are some problems with the intensity data, which may be due to the height in the solar atmosphere at which the VIRGO data are taken.Comment: Accepted for publication in A&A. 10 pages, 9 figures

    The Quasi-Biennial Periodicity (QBP) in velocity and intensity helioseismic observations

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    We looked for signatures of Quasi-Biennial Periodicity (QBP) over different phases of solar cycle by means of acoustic modes of oscillation. Low-degree p-mode frequencies are shown to be sensitive to changes in magnetic activity due to the global dynamo. Recently have been reported evidences in favor of two-year variations in p-mode frequencies. Long high-quality helioseismic data are provided by BiSON (Birmingham Solar Oscillation Network), GONG (Global Oscillation Network Group), GOLF (Global Oscillation at Low Frequency) and VIRGO (Variability of Solar IRradiance and Gravity Oscillation) instruments. We determined the solar cycle changes in p-mode frequencies for spherical degree l=0, 1, 2 with their azimuthal components in the frequency range 2.5 mHz < nu < 3.5 mHz. We found signatures of QBP at all levels of solar activity in the modes more sensitive to higher latitudes. The signal strength increases with latitude and the equatorial component seems also to be modulated by the 11-year envelope. The persistent nature of the seismic QBP is not observed in the surface activity indices, where mid-term variations are found only time to time and mainly over periods of high activity. This feature together with the latitudinal dependence provides more evidences in favor of a mechanism almost independent and different from the one that brings up to the surface the active regions. Therefore, these findings can be used to provide more constraints on dynamo models that consider a further cyclic component on top of the 11-year cycle.Comment: 9 pages, 9 Figures, 2 Tables Accepted for publication in A&

    Evidence of increasing acoustic emissivity at high frequency with solar cycle 23 in Sun-as-a-star observations

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    We used long high-quality unresolved (Sun-as-a-star observations) data collected by GOLF and VIRGO instruments on board the ESA/NASA SOHO satellite to investigate the amplitude variation with solar cycle 23 in the high-frequency band (5.7 < nu< 6.3 mHz). We found an enhancement of acoustic emissivity over the ascending phase of about 18+-3 in velocity observations and a slight enhancement of 3+-2 in intensity. Mode conversion from fast acoustic to fast magneto-acoustic waves could explain the enhancement in velocity observations. These findings open up the possibility to apply the same technique to stellar intensity data, in order to investigate stellar-magnetic activity.Comment: Proceedings of the Stellar Pulsation. Santa Fe, USA. 3 pages, 5 figure