Flavor-changing neutral currents are not present in the Standard Model at tree level and are suppressed in loop processes by the unitarity of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix; the corresponding rates for top quark decay processes are experimentally unobservable. Extensions of the Standard Model can generate new flavor-changing neutral current processes, leading to signals which, if observed, would be unambiguous evidence of new interactions. A data set corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb-1 of pp collisions at a center-of-mass energy of s=13 TeV recorded with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider is used to search for top quarks decaying to up or charm quarks with the emission of a Higgs boson, with subsequent Higgs boson decay to final states with at least one electron or muon. No signal is observed and limits on the branching fractions B(t→Hc)<0.16% and B(t→Hu)<0.19% at 95% confidence level are obtained (with expected limits of 0.15% in both cases).

Search for flavor-changing neutral currents in top quark decays t →Hc and t →Hu in multilepton final states in proton-proton collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

Capua M.;Crosetti G.;Mastroberardino A.;Meoni E.;Schioppa M.;