A search is made for a vectorlike T quark decaying into a Higgs boson and a top quark in 13 TeV proton-proton collisions using the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider with a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 139 fb−1. The Higgs-boson and top-quark candidates are identified in the all-hadronic decay mode, where H → bb bar and t → b W → b q q'bar are reconstructed as large-radius jets. The candidate Higgs boson, top quark, and associated B hadrons are identified using tagging algorithms. No significant excess is observed above the background, so limits are set on the production cross section of a singlet T quark at 95% confidence level, depending on the mass m_T and coupling κ_T of the vectorlike T quark to Standard Model particles. In the considered mass range between 1.0 and 2.3 TeV, the upper limit on the allowed coupling values increases with m_T from a minimum value of 0.35 for 1.07 < m_T < 1.4 TeV to 1.6 for m_T = 2.3 TeV.

Search for single production of a vectorlike quark decaying into a Higgs boson and top quark with fully hadronic final states using the ATLAS detector

J. Agarwala;G. Introzzi;M. Livan;A. Negri;L. Pezzotti;