A search for neutral Higgs bosons decaying to pairs of tau leptons with the ATLAS detector at the LHC is presented. The analysis is based on proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV, recorded in 2010 and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36 pb(-1). After signal selection, 276 events are observed in this data sample. The observed number of events is consistent with the total expected background of 269 +/- 36 events. Exclusion limits at the 95% confidence level are derived for the production cross section of a generic Higgs boson phi as a function of the Higgs boson mass and for A/H/h production in the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) as a function of the parameters m(A) and tan beta. (C) 2011 CERN. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. RI Jones, Roger/H-5578-2011; valente, paolo/A-6640-2010; Gutierrez, Phillip/C-1161-2011; collins-tooth, christopher/A-9201-2012; Ferrando, James/A-9192-2012; Perrino, Roberto/B-4633-2010; De Cecco, Sandro/B-1016-2012; Stoicea, Gabriel/B-6717-2011; branchini, paolo/A-4857-2011; Wolter, Marcin/A-7412-2012; Battistoni, Giuseppe/B-5264-2012; McKee, Shawn/B-6435-2012; Rotaru, Marina/A-3097-2011; O'Shea, Val/G-1279-2010; Doyle, Anthony/C-5889-2009; Buttar, Craig/D-3706-2011; Takai, Helio/C-3301-2012; St.Denis, Richard/C-8997-2012; Robson, Aidan/G-1087-2011; Britton, David/F-2602-2010; Pina, Joao /C-4391-2012; Li, Xuefei/C-3861-2012; Fazio, Salvatore /G-5156-2010; Smirnova, Lidia/D-8089-2012; Smirnov, Sergei/F-1014-2011; Gladilin, Leonid/B-5226-2011; Barreiro, Fernando/D-9808-2012; Kramarenko, Victor/E-1781-2012; Prokoshin, Fedor/E-2795-2012; Alexa, Calin/F-6345-2010; Pacheco Pages, Andres/C-5353-2011; Moorhead, Gareth/B-6634-2009; Livan, Michele/D-7531-2012; Petrucci, Fabrizio/G-8348-2012; Wemans, Andre/A-6738-2012; Fabbri, Laura/H-3442-2012; Kurashige, Hisaya/H-4916-2012; Villa, Mauro/C-9883-2009; Kuzhir, Polina/H-8653-2012; Delmastro, Marco/I-5599-2012

Search for neutral MSSM Higgs bosons decaying to tau(+)tau(-) pairs in proton-proton collisions root s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector