Unraveling the physics behind modified Higgs couplings: LHC versus a Higgs factory

Steven B. Giddings*, Tao Liu, Ian Low, Eric Mintun

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Strongly modified hγγ and hgg couplings indicate new electroweak and color mediators, respectively, with a light mass and a significant coupling to the Higgs boson. We point out the Higgs boson could have a significant decay width into the mediators. This represents one new class of exotic Higgs decay possibilities: off-shell exotic Higgs decays. We then propose uncovering the hidden new physics through such exotic decays. A great advantage of this strategy is that we can directly probe the couplings between the Higgs boson and the mediators, which is hard to achieve by using other methods. Focusing on the electroweak mediators, we study a simplified model using as an example final states with tau leptons and neutrinos. Because one of the mediators is off shell and its decay products are extremely soft, it is challenging to make a discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. A Higgs factory such as the International Linear Collider, however, could serve as a discovery machine for such exotic Higgs decays even in an early stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number095003
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 5 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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