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Title: Higgs-flavon mixing and LHC phenomenology in a simplified model of broken flavor symmetry [Higgs boson physics and broken flavor symmetry - LHC phenomenology]

Here, the LHC phenomenology of a low-scale gauged flavor symmetry model with inverted hierarchy is studied, through introduction of a simplified model of broken flavor symmetry. A new scalar (a flavon) and a new neutral top-philic massive gauge boson emerge with mass in the TeV range, along with a new heavy fermion associated with the standard model top quark. After checking constraints from electroweak precision observables, we investigate the influence of the model on Higgs boson physics, notably on its production cross section and decay branching fractions. Limits on the flavon φ from heavy Higgs boson searches at the LHC at 7 and 8 TeV are presented. The branching fractions of the flavon are computed as a function of the flavon mass and the Higgs-flavon mixing angle. We also explore possible discovery of the flavon at 14 TeV, particularly via the φ → Z 0Z 0 decay channel in the 2ℓ2ℓ' final state, and through standard model Higgs boson pair production φ → hh in the b¯bγγ final state. We conclude that the flavon mass range up to 500 GeV could be probed down to quite small values of the Higgs-flavon mixing angle with 100 fb –1 of integrated luminositymore » at 14 TeV.« less
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  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  2. Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States)
  3. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  4. Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States); Peking Univ., Beijing (China)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357; FG02-91ER40618; SC0011702; AC02-05CH11231
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. D, Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 90; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 1550-7998
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; Higgs boson; Higgs-flavon mixing; LHC phenomenology; broken flavor symmetry; flavon
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1180177; OSTI ID: 1396295