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Title: Broadening the Higgs boson with right-handed neutrinos and a higher dimension operator at the electroweak scale

Abstract

The existence of certain TeV suppressed higher-dimension operators may open up new decay channels for the Higgs boson to decay into lighter right-handed neutrinos. These channels may dominate over all other channels if the Higgs boson is light. For a Higgs boson mass larger than 2m{sub W}, the new decays are subdominant yet still of interest. The right-handed neutrinos have macroscopic decay lengths and decay mostly into final states containing leptons and quarks. A distinguishing collider signature of this scenario is a pair of displaced vertices violating lepton number. A general operator analysis is performed using the minimal flavor violation hypothesis to illustrate that these novel decay processes can occur while remaining consistent with experimental constraints on lepton number violating processes. In this context, the question of whether these new decay modes dominate is found to depend crucially on the approximate flavor symmetries of the right-handed neutrinos.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Physics and NHETC, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey 08540 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21032376
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review. D, Particles Fields
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 76; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.76.075006; (c) 2007 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0556-2821
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; FIELD OPERATORS; FLAVOR MODEL; HIGGS BOSONS; LEPTON NUMBER; NEUTRINOS; PARTICLE DECAY; QUARKS; REST MASS; STANDARD MODEL; SYMMETRY; TEV RANGE

Citation Formats

Graesser, Michael L. Broadening the Higgs boson with right-handed neutrinos and a higher dimension operator at the electroweak scale. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.76.075006.
Graesser, Michael L. Broadening the Higgs boson with right-handed neutrinos and a higher dimension operator at the electroweak scale. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.76.075006.
Graesser, Michael L. Mon . "Broadening the Higgs boson with right-handed neutrinos and a higher dimension operator at the electroweak scale". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.76.075006.
@article{osti_21032376,
title = {Broadening the Higgs boson with right-handed neutrinos and a higher dimension operator at the electroweak scale},
author = {Graesser, Michael L},
abstractNote = {The existence of certain TeV suppressed higher-dimension operators may open up new decay channels for the Higgs boson to decay into lighter right-handed neutrinos. These channels may dominate over all other channels if the Higgs boson is light. For a Higgs boson mass larger than 2m{sub W}, the new decays are subdominant yet still of interest. The right-handed neutrinos have macroscopic decay lengths and decay mostly into final states containing leptons and quarks. A distinguishing collider signature of this scenario is a pair of displaced vertices violating lepton number. A general operator analysis is performed using the minimal flavor violation hypothesis to illustrate that these novel decay processes can occur while remaining consistent with experimental constraints on lepton number violating processes. In this context, the question of whether these new decay modes dominate is found to depend crucially on the approximate flavor symmetries of the right-handed neutrinos.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVD.76.075006},
journal = {Physical Review. D, Particles Fields},
issn = {0556-2821},
number = 7,
volume = 76,
place = {United States},
year = {2007},
month = {10}
}