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Searching for a lighter Higgs: parametrisation and sample tests


The structure of the Higgs sector is a major issue in the quest of a detailed description of the electroweak interactions. Most of the effort is devoted to the study of the standard model--like Higgs boson at 126 GeV, however the experimental collaborations at the LHC are also searching for extra scalar particles whose presence may hint to an extended Higgs sector, typical of many extensions of the standard model. We study a model independent parametrisation of a scalar particle lighter than the 126 GeV Higgs boson, which may be easily implemented in the ongoing searches by ATLAS and CMS. Indeed many effective Lagrangians/parametrisations used at present for the description of the Higgs sector implicitly assume that no light particles other than the standard model ones are present in the spectrum. We therefore introduce a parametrisation of a two scalars model, one corresponding to the 126 GeV Higgs boson and the other to a lighter scalar. After the introduction of such a tool, we consider two typical examples falling in this category, in order to illustrate the use of our formalism: the two Higgs doublet model and the next to minimal supersymmetric standard model. Our results agree with the specific studies performed for these models. Furthermore, employing such a generic parametrisation allows us to translate the bounds to any model beyond the standard model falling into this class.

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in2p3-00907154 , version 1 (21-11-2013)



G. Cacciapaglia, A. Deandrea, G. Drieu La Rochelle, J.-B. Flament. Searching for a lighter Higgs: parametrisation and sample tests. Physical Review D, 2015, 91, pp.015012. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.91.015012⟩. ⟨in2p3-00907154⟩
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