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Title: Higgs–photon resonances

We study models that produce a Higgs boson plus photon ($$h^0 \gamma$$) resonance at the LHC. When the resonance is a $Z'$ boson, decays to $$h^0 \gamma$$ occur at one loop. If the $Z'$ boson couples at tree-level to quarks, then the $$h^0 \gamma$$ branching fraction is typically of order $$10^{-5}$$ or smaller. Nevertheless, there are models that would allow the observation of $$Z' \to h^0 \gamma$$ at $$\sqrt{s} = 13$$ TeV with a cross section times branching fraction larger than 1 fb for a $Z'$ mass in the 200--450 GeV range, and larger than 0.1 fb for a mass up to 800 GeV. The 1-loop decay of the $Z'$ into lepton pairs competes with $$h^0 \gamma$$, even if the $Z'$ couplings to leptons vanish at tree level. We also present a model in which a $Z'$ boson decays into a Higgs boson and a pair of collimated photons, mimicking an $$h^0 \gamma$$ resonance. In this model, the $$h^0 \gamma$$ resonance search would be the discovery mode for a $Z'$ as heavy as 2 TeV. When the resonance is a scalar, although decay to $$h^0 \gamma$$ is forbidden by angular momentum conservation, the $h^0$ plus collimated photons channel is allowed. Here, we comment on prospects of observing an $$h^0 \gamma$$ resonance through different Higgs decays, on constraints from related searches, and on models where $h^0$ is replaced by a nonstandard Higgs boson.
Authors:
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  1. Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-17-169-T; arXiv:1705.08433
Journal ID: ISSN 1434-6044; 1600989
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359; SC0007859
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 77; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 1434-6044
Publisher:
Springer
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS
OSTI Identifier:
1402542
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1367902

Dobrescu, Bogdan A., Fox, Patrick J., and Kearney, John. Higgs–photon resonances. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-5276-9.
Dobrescu, Bogdan A., Fox, Patrick J., & Kearney, John. Higgs–photon resonances. United States. doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-5276-9.
Dobrescu, Bogdan A., Fox, Patrick J., and Kearney, John. 2017. "Higgs–photon resonances". United States. doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-5276-9.
@article{osti_1402542,
title = {Higgs–photon resonances},
author = {Dobrescu, Bogdan A. and Fox, Patrick J. and Kearney, John},
abstractNote = {We study models that produce a Higgs boson plus photon ($h^0 \gamma$) resonance at the LHC. When the resonance is a $Z'$ boson, decays to $h^0 \gamma$ occur at one loop. If the $Z'$ boson couples at tree-level to quarks, then the $h^0 \gamma$ branching fraction is typically of order $10^{-5}$ or smaller. Nevertheless, there are models that would allow the observation of $Z' \to h^0 \gamma$ at $\sqrt{s} = 13$ TeV with a cross section times branching fraction larger than 1 fb for a $Z'$ mass in the 200--450 GeV range, and larger than 0.1 fb for a mass up to 800 GeV. The 1-loop decay of the $Z'$ into lepton pairs competes with $h^0 \gamma$, even if the $Z'$ couplings to leptons vanish at tree level. We also present a model in which a $Z'$ boson decays into a Higgs boson and a pair of collimated photons, mimicking an $h^0 \gamma$ resonance. In this model, the $h^0 \gamma$ resonance search would be the discovery mode for a $Z'$ as heavy as 2 TeV. When the resonance is a scalar, although decay to $h^0 \gamma$ is forbidden by angular momentum conservation, the $h^0$ plus collimated photons channel is allowed. Here, we comment on prospects of observing an $h^0 \gamma$ resonance through different Higgs decays, on constraints from related searches, and on models where $h^0$ is replaced by a nonstandard Higgs boson.},
doi = {10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-5276-9},
journal = {European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields},
number = 10,
volume = 77,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {10}
}