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Status of invisible Higgs decays


We analyze the extent to which the LHC and Tevatron results as of the end of 2012 constrain invisible (or undetected) decays of the Higgs boson-like state at ~ 125 GeV. To this end we perform global fits for several cases: 1) a Higgs boson with Standard Model (SM) couplings but additional invisible decay modes; 2) SM couplings to fermions and vector bosons, but allowing for additional new particles modifying the effective Higgs couplings to gluons and photons; 3) no new particles in the loops but tree-level Higgs couplings to the up-quarks, down-quarks and vector bosons, relative to the SM, treated as free parameters. We find that in the three cases invisible decay rates of 23%, 61%, 88%, respectively, are consistent with current data at 95% confidence level (CL). Limiting the coupling to vector bosons, CV, to CV < 1 in case 3) reduces the allowed invisible branching ratio to 56% at 95% CL. Requiring in addition that the Higgs couplings to quarks have the same sign as in the SM, an invisible rate of up to 36% is allowed at 95% CL. We also discuss direct probes of invisible Higgs decays, as well as the interplay with dark matter searches.

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in2p3-00831440 , version 1 (11-06-2013)



G. Belanger, B. Dumont, U. Ellwanger, J.F. Gunion, S. Kraml. Status of invisible Higgs decays. Physics Letters B, 2013, 723, pp.340-347. ⟨10.1016/j.physletb.2013.05.024⟩. ⟨in2p3-00831440⟩
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