An inverse seesaw model with global U(1)_{H} symmetry

An inverse seesaw model with global symmetry

Ujjal Kumar Dey Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) - Headquarters San 31, Hyoja-dong, Nam-gu, Pohang 790-784, Korea    Takaaki Nomura School of Physics, KIAS, Seoul 02455, Republic of Korea    Hiroshi Okada Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) - Headquarters San 31, Hyoja-dong, Nam-gu, Pohang 790-784, Korea
July 26, 2019

We propose an inverse seesaw model based on hidden global symmetry in which we realize tiny neutrino masses with rather natural manner taking into account relevant experimental bounds. The small Majorana mass for inverse seesaw mechanism is induced via small vacuum expectation value of a triplet scalar field whose Yukawa interactions with standard model fermions are controlled by . We discuss the phenomenology of the exotic particles present in the model including the Goldstone boson coming from breaking of the global symmetry, and explore testability at the Large Hadron Collider experiments.

APCTP Pre2019- 005, KIAS-P19010

I Introduction

Inverse seesaw mechanism Mohapatra:1986bd (); Wyler:1982dd () is one of the promising candidates to induce neutrino masses and their mixing that are typically understood by an additional symmetry beyond the standard model (SM). The mechanism requires both chiralities of neutral fermions () that couple to the SM fermions with different manner, and their mass structures are also different. That is why an additional symmetry is needed Cai:2018upp (); Nomura:2018ktz (); Nomura:2018cfu (); Nomura:2018mwr (). Furthermore, it demands hierarchies among mass parameters associated with neutral fermions including active neutrinos where especially Majorana mass of should be tiny. Indeed, realizing such hierarchies in a natural way is rather challenging from model building perspective Nomura:2018ktz (); Nomura:2018cfu ().

In this paper, we propose an inverse seesaw model under a hidden global symmetry Okada:2014vla () 111There are several studies utilizing hidden gauged symmetries to explain neutrino masses Nomura:2018ibs (); Nomura:2017wxf (); Nomura:2018kdi (); Nomura:2018jkd (); Yu:2016lof (). in which we try to realize natural hierarchies among neutral fermion mass matrix, taking advantage of experimental constraints of electroweak precision test to our model. In our model, we introduce triplet scalar and exotic lepton doublets with non-zero charges and scalar singlets. The Yukawa interaction among the triplet and exotic lepton doublet induces small Majorana mass term required for inverse seesaw mechanism due to small vacuum expectation value (VEV) of the triplet while Yukawa interaction between the SM lepton doublet and the scalar triplet is forbidden by the symmetry. In addition, as a result of the global symmetry that accommodates a physical Goldstone boson (GB) Weinberg:2013kea (); Cheung:2017lpv (), our model can be well-tested at future colliders since the GB couples to the SM fermions through their kinetic terms. 222Even in the case of a gauged symmetry, GB is induced one introduces two or more two bosons that breaks the additional symmetry; see, e.g., ref. Nomura:2017wxf ().

This letter is organized as follows. In Sec. II, we introduce our model and formulate the scalar sector, charged-lepton sector, and neutral fermion sector, and briefly discuss electroweak precision test. In the scalar sector, we show hierarchies among VEVs that connect to our desired hierarchies among neutral fermions. Using electroweak precision data, we show the constraint on the VEV of an isospin triplet scalar at tree level, and this bound is directly related to the hierarchies of neutral fermion mass matrices. Then we formulate the charged-lepton mass matrix that encapsulates with the mixing between SM charged-leptons and newly introduced heavier ones. From this we show that their mass hierarchies could be naturally realized, while maintaining the experimental bound on the new heavier leptons. Note that these hierarchies are also related to our neutral fermion mass matrix. In the last part of this section, we discuss the neutral fermion mass matrix and show how to realize these hierarchies. Also we discuss the bounds on non-unitarity effect originated from the inverse seesaw model. In Sec. III we discuss the phenomenology of our model. We mainly consider the decays of the exotic charged leptons and they can leave their footprints in the multi-lepton signatures of the collider experiments, like LHC. Finally we summarize our results and conclude.

Table 1: Charge assignments of the our lepton and scalar fields under local and global symmetries, where the upper index is the number of family that runs over 1-3 and all of them are singlet under .

Ii Model

In this section we formulate our model in which we introduce a global symmetry. The fermionic sector is augmented by three families of vector-like fermions with charge under the gauge symmetry, while under the global right- and left-handed ones are assigned charges and respectively. As for the scalar sector, we add an isospin triplet scalar with hypercharge 1, and two singlet scalars with zero hypercharge, while () are respectively assigned to under the global symmetry. The SM-like Higgs field is denoted by . The vacuum expectation values (VEVs) of () are (), respectively. The field content and the respective quantum number assignments are shown in Table 1. Note that the quark sector remains the same as that of SM. The renormalizable Yukawa Lagrangian under these symmetries is then given by


where the indices represent the number of families, , and is assumed to be diagonal matrix without loss of generality. After spontaneous symmetry breaking, one finds the charged-lepton mass matrix .

Scalar potential and VEVs:
First of all, we define each scalar field as follows:


The scalar potential in our model is given by,


where indicates trivial quartic terms containing scalar triplet. For simplicity we assume all the couplings to be real. The quartic coupling plays a role in reducing the scale of VEV of to GeV. Applying the minimization condition , we obtain the VEVs approximately as


where we assume and to be small. The above hierarchy of VEVs are motivated from the mass hierarchy in neutral fermions as we discuss below. The VEV hierarchy can be consistently obtained by choosing appropriate parameters; for example, and ; we then take to be GeV or less in the following discussion.

Since we assume small coupling, the mass matrix for CP-even scalars from the SM singlets is derived approximately


Note that mixing between and would be small since off-diagonal elements are suppressed by and unless values of diagonal elements are not too close. Thus we approximate and as mass eigenstates and corresponding mass eigenvalues are


In CP-odd scalar sector from SM singlet , we have one massless Goldstone boson associated with breaking of global symmetry. Applying our assumption of , we can approximately identify as Goldstone boson while is massive scalar boson with mass value . Thus the and have approximately degenerate masses.

The SM Higgs and scalar triplet sector are mostly same as the usual scalar triplet model since we assume the mixing among SM singlet scalar to be sufficiently small. The mass scale of scalar bosons in the triplet is given by .

The VEV of is restricted by the -parameter at tree level that is given by Kanemura:2012rs ()


where the experimental value is given by at confidence level pdg (). On the other hand, we have 246 GeV. Therefore the upper bound on is of the order GeV 333Theoretical origins are studied by refs. Kanemura:2012rj (); Nomura:2016dnf (); Okada:2015nca ()..

Charged-lepton sector:
The charged-lepton mass matrix consists of the component of the SM mass matrix and heavier one, after the spontaneous symmetry breaking. We define the mass matrix to be . Furthermore, we assume the mass matrices and to be diagonal for simplicity. Then, for each generation indicated by ””, we can write the charged-lepton fermion mass matrix as


The mass matrix is diagonalized by the transformation . Thus we can obtain diagonalization matrices and which respectively diagonalize and as and , such that


where we have assumed . Then the mass eigenvalues for and are simply given by and . Also their mixing angles and are very small and satisfy , since the lower bound on the mass of the heavier leptons is about 100 GeV pdg () that is suggested by the current experimental data at LHC and LEP. This is because hierarchies in mass parameter is comparatively natural.

Neutrino sector:
After the spontaneous symmetry breaking, neutral fermion mass matrix in the basis of is given by


where are diagonal while is symmetric mass matrix. Then the active neutrino mass matrix can be given as


Once we fix , then GeV in order to satisfy the observed neutrino mass squared differences. It suggests that when we fix GeV444These hierarchies could be explained by several mechanisms such as radiative models Dev:2012sg (); Dev:2012bd (); Das:2017ski () and effective models with higher order terms Okada:2012np ().. The neutrino mass matrix is diagonalized by unitary matrix ; , where . Constraint from non-unitarity can simply be obtained by considering the hermitian matrix . Combining several experimental results Fernandez-Martinez:2016lgt (), the upper bounds are given by Agostinho:2017wfs ():


Since is assumed to be diagonal, the stringent constraint originates from 2-2 component of . It suggests that that is always safe in our model thanks to the small VEV .

Iii Phenomenology

In this section, we discuss the phenomenology of the model focusing on the decay and production of exotic particles. One specific property of our model is the existence of physical Goldstone boson as a result of global symmetry breaking. Here we first derive interactions associated with the Goldstone boson which is denoted by identified as in the limit of . Then fields with charge are rewritten as , , and . Then and interact with as follows


The covariant derivative of is rewritten including Goldstone boson as,


where is gauge coupling, , is Weinberg angle, and is electric charge operator acting on each component of the multiplet. Then we can obtain interactions of and from kinetic term Tr. The triplet Higgs decay modes with are suppressed by factor so that components in decay via gauge or scalar potential interactions. Also exotic lepton interaction with is derived from kinetic term as


In passing we briefly comment about the constraints from cosmology on our physical GB. Actually the existence of our GB does not cause serious problem in cosmology since it does not couple to SM particles directly except for Higgs boson whose coupling is well controlled by the parameters in the potential which we assume to be negligibly small. Thus the GB decouples from thermal bath in sufficiently early Universe since all hidden particles are heavier than GeV scale, and it almost does not affect number of relativistic degrees of freedom in the current Universe. Even if the GB interacts with SM particles via Higgs portal cosmological constraint can be avoided when the GB decouples from thermal bath at the scale larger than muon mass scale Weinberg:2013kea ().

iii.1 Decay of exotic particles

In this subsection, we discuss the decays of exotic particles in the model. At first, we write the Lagrangian relevant to decay of exotic charged lepton as follows


where we have omitted subdominant terms. The partial decay widths are computed as


where we have used . Thus dominantly decay into since the other modes are suppressed by small VEV . Then we also estimate partial decay widths of as,


Thus dominantly decays into while dominantly decays into . Therefore dominant decay chains of are and with branching ratio (BR) of for both modes.

iii.2 Collider physics

Figure 1: Left: pair production cross section as a function of its mass. Right: single production cross section as a function of its mass where we fix .

In this subsection we discuss collider signatures of our model. The exotic charged scalar bosons from Higgs triplet can be produced by electroweak production and they dominantly decay into gauge bosons as the triplet components have degenerate mass. This phenomenology is the same as scalar triplet model with relatively large triplet VEV case ( GeV) where charged scalars in the triplet decays into SM gauge bosons. Phenomenology of such case can be found, for example, in refs. Perez:2008ha (); Chiang:2012dk (); Du:2018eaw (); Ghosh:2017pxl (); Kanemura:2014ipa ().

Then we focus on exotic charged lepton production at the LHC. The exotic charged lepton pair can be produced by via gauge interaction depicted in Eq.(16). Furthermore single production process can be induced through mixing between and SM charged leptons. We obtain relevant interaction by


where mixing effect in neutral current is canceled. Thus can be singly produced as at the LHC. For these processes cross sections are estimated by using CalcHEP Belyaev:2012qa () with the CTEQ6 parton distribution functions (PDFs) Nadolsky:2008zw (). We show pair and single production cross sections as a function of exotic lepton mass in left and right panels in Fig. 1, where we fixed in our calculation and only the lightest exotic charged lepton is considered. Then we find that single production cross section is much smaller than pair production one due to the suppression by mixing factor . The pair production cross section is larger than fb when exotic lepton mass is GeV for TeV. Since the exotic charged lepton decays into multi-lepton final state, the cross section can be constrained by multi-lepton search at the LHC where inclusive search indicates cross section producing more than three electron/muon is required to be fb at LHC 8 TeV Aad:2014hja (). We thus require our exotic charged lepton mass to be GeV.

The signal from pair production is multi-lepton process, given by . Here, signal events are generated using MADGRAPH5 Alwall:2014hca () by implementing relevant interactions. In Fig. 2, we show event distribution for invariant mass for assuming and dominantly decay into mode including electron and GeV with integrated luminosity 300 fb at the LHC 14 TeV 555Invariant mass for provides similar distribution.. We see the peak slightly larger than exotic lepton mass. The signal is clean and number of background events can be suppressed requiring multiple charged lepton final state. Thus the signal can be tested well at the future LHC experiments if exotic lepton mass is less than TeV. More detailed simulation including detector effects is beyond the scope of this paper and it is left for future work. Note also that the decay chain of including GB is less clear but searches for the signal with GB can be a good test of our model.

Figure 2: Number of events for invariant mass for with GeV and integrated luminosity 300 fb at the LHC 14 TeV.

Iv Summary and Conclusions

We have constructed an inverse seesaw model based on global symmetry in which we introduced exotic lepton doublets and new scalar fields including scalar triplet with charge. The exotic lepton doublets are vector-like under gauge symmetry but chiral under and Majorana mass of neutral components are zero before symmetry breaking. Then is spontaneously broken by VEVs of scalar fields and only neutral component of obtains Majorana mass term via triplet VEV due to appropriate charge assignment. We thus realize neutral fermion mass matrix which has the structure similar to inverse seesaw mechanism. Furthermore small Majorana mass in inverse seesaw scenario can be naturally obtained from small triplet VEV as in the type-II seesaw model.

We have also discussed the phenomenology of the model focusing on decay and production processes of the exotic particles. The decay widths of exotic charged leptons are estimated taking into account interactions with Goldstone boson from symmetry breaking. We have found will provide multi-lepton final states from decay chain. Then production cross section has been estimated which is induced by electroweak interactions. Testable number of multi-lepton events could be obtained if mass of is less than TeV scale.


This research is supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning of Korea, the Pohang City Government, and the Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government (U. K. D. and H. O.). H. O. is sincerely grateful to KIAS and all the members.


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