Implications of the 125 GeV Higgs boson for scalar dark matter and for the CMSSM phenomenology

Implications of the 125 GeV Higgs boson for scalar dark matter and for the CMSSM phenomenology

Mario Kadastik, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Ravala 10, Tallinn 10143, EstoniaScuola Normale Superiore and INFN, Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, 56126 Pisa, Italia    Kristjan Kannike, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Ravala 10, Tallinn 10143, EstoniaScuola Normale Superiore and INFN, Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, 56126 Pisa, Italia    Antonio Racioppi National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Ravala 10, Tallinn 10143, EstoniaScuola Normale Superiore and INFN, Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, 56126 Pisa, Italia    and Martti Raidal National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Ravala 10, Tallinn 10143, EstoniaScuola Normale Superiore and INFN, Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, 56126 Pisa, Italia

We study phenomenological implications of the ATLAS and CMS hint of a  GeV Higgs boson for the singlet, and singlet plus doublet non-supersymmetric dark matter models, and for the phenomenology of the CMSSM. We show that in scalar dark matter models the vacuum stability bound on Higgs boson mass is lower than in the standard model and the 125 GeV Higgs boson is consistent with the models being valid up the GUT or Planck scale. We perform a detailed study of the full CMSSM parameter space keeping the Higgs boson mass fixed to  GeV, and study in detail the freeze-out processes that imply the observed amount of dark matter. After imposing all phenomenological constraints except for the muon we show that the CMSSM parameter space is divided into well separated regions with distinctive but in general heavy sparticle mass spectra. Imposing the constraint introduces severe tension between the high SUSY scale and the experimental measurements – only the slepton co-annihilation region survives with potentially testable sparticle masses at the LHC. In the latter case the spin-independent DM-nucleon scattering cross section is predicted to be below detectable limit at the XENON100 but might be of measurable magnitude in the general case of light dark matter with large bino-higgsino mixing and unobservably large scalar masses.



1 Introduction

In the standard model (SM) of particle interactions the only unknown quantity is the Higgs boson mass Higgs:1964ia (); Guralnik:1964eu (); Englert:1964et (); Higgs:1964pj (). Any assumption that fixes the Higgs boson quartic self-coupling at any scale implies a prediction for the Higgs boson mass. Many models of that sort have been proposed in the past based on different arguments of new physics beyond the SM. In general, the properties of the SM Higgs potential are among the best studied quantities in particle physics (Xing:2011aa (); for a review and references see EliasMiro:2011aa ()).

Based on data collected in 2011, both the ATLAS and CMS experiments have published their results for searches for the SM-like Higgs boson Chatrchyan:2012tx (); ATLAS:2012si () confirming and improving their earlier claims ATLAS-CONF-2011-163 (); CMS-PAS-HIG-11-032 () for the inconclusive evidence of a signal of a  GeV (CMS) or  GeV (ATLAS) Higgs boson; we will assume that the mass is in this  GeV range. The corresponding local significances of the excess in ATLAS and CMS are and , respectively, while the global significances after taking into account the look-elsewhere-effect are and . Although definitive confirmation of the observed evidence requires more data, the LHC result motivates studies of fundamental scalars in particle physics and in cosmology.

If the present inconclusive evidence for  GeV Higgs boson will be confirmed, this result will have a profound impact on building models beyond the SM and on their phenomenology. In the context of the SM, the Higgs boson mass 125 GeV is below the vacuum stability bound  GeV coming from the requirement of the SM validity up to the scale of gauge coupling unification Vanishing SM Higgs boson self-coupling below the GUT scale, implies that the fundamental scale of new physics related to electroweak symmetry breaking and, perhaps, to flavour generation, might be lower than the GUT scale. On the other hand, the Higgs boson mass  GeV may imply that there is new physics beyond the SM not too far from the electroweak scale that modifies the Higgs boson mass prediction. The most popular such a framework is low energy supersymmetry (SUSY) that prefers a light Higgs boson. For SUSY scenarios the lightest Higgs boson mass  GeV is unusually high, close to the upper bound in popular models, and implies a higher SUSY breaking scale than one expects from naturalness arguments. Clearly those arguments mean that the present hint for the Higgs boson mass requires re-assessment of several “standard” concepts both in SUSY and in non-SUSY models.

The aim of this work is twofold. First, assuming that the Higgs boson mass is in the range  GeV, we study the implications of this assumption on the vacuum stability in scalar dark matter (DM) models. In those models the DM and Higgs sectors are related via the Higgs portal and the scalar potentials are in general rather complicated. Due to many new self-interactions in the scalar sector, the SM Higgs quartic coupling renormalization is modified and one might expect that the triviality may be achieved for higher values of We show that this is indeed the case and the SM vacuum stability results will be changed in the non-SUSY scalar DM models compared to the SM prediction. As a new result we show that in those scenarios the 125 GeV Higgs boson is consistent with the vacuum stability up to and, therefore, the scalar DM models do not require new fundamental scales between TeV and the GUT scales.

Second, a technically much more involved question is what is the implication of the  GeV LHC result for SUSY predictions of generating DM relic abundance, DM direct detection and for the LHC phenomenology. Generically such a heavy Higgs boson requires rather heavy stops, i.e., a large SUSY breaking scale111In the context of the 125 GeV Higgs boson this point has already been noted in Carena:2011aa (); Moroi:2011aa (); Moroi:2011ab (); Draper:2011aa (); Arbey:2011ab (); Heinemeyer:2011aa (); Li:2011ab (); Baer:2011ab (); Hall:2011aa (); Arbey:2011aa ().. This, in general, implies a large fine tuning to obtain the correct electroweak scale, very fine tuned DM annihilation channels and poor prospects for discovering SUSY at the LHC. We analyze those issues in detail in the constrained minimal supersymmetric standard model (CMSSM) and show that the requirements of  GeV and correct DM relic abundance together select out parameter regions with well defined sparticle spectra. We work out CMSSM predictions for DM direct detection cross sections in those parameter regions. The most important new result of this paper is to predict sharp linear relationship between the gluino, lightest stop and slepton masses in the stop and slepton co-annihilation regions that are the only ones accessible to the LHC experiments.

If, in addition, also the muon anomalous magnetic moment constraint is imposed on the CMSSM, only a tiny parameter region is singled out that induces DM via the slepton co-annihilation channel. In this parameter space the LHC has a good chance to observe gluinos and the lightest stop but the DM direct detection experiments like XENON100 are predicted to obtain null result. In the other DM freeze-out channels that also predict the correct amount of DM the situation might be an opposite – only TeV scale DM is observable in DM direct detection experiments while the heavy gluinos and scalars decouple from the spectrum. We classify all those possibilities and discuss their phenomenology.

In section 2 we present results for models of the SM extended with scalars: a complex singlet, an inert doublet or both. In section 3 we give scans for CMSSM with both with and without the constraint. We conclude in section 4.

2 Scalar dark matter and vanishing Higgs self-coupling

Triviality of the SM Higgs boson self-coupling, at some scale is an interesting possibility. From theoretical point of view this may indicate a scale where some new fundamental theory beyond the SM generates electroweak symmetry breaking and Higgs boson Yukawa couplings, i.e., flavour physics. From the phenomenological point of view this scale uniquely predicts the Higgs boson mass due to the evolution of the Higgs self-coupling via renormalization group equations. Examples of this running at two loop level in the SM are presented in Fig. 1 for different values of the SM Higgs boson masses as indicated in the figure. Our results agree with the recent works Xing:2011aa (); EliasMiro:2011aa (). This result shows that the LHC indications for the Higgs boson imply the triviality scale to be about  GeV rather than the GUT scale  GeV. Such a low scale can be associated with the seesaw scale Gell-Mann:1979kx (); Yanagida:1979uq (); Mohapatra:1979ia (); Glashow:1979nm (); Minkowski:1977sc () where neutrino masses are generated rather than with the GUT scale.

The natural question to ask is that what happens to the vacuum stability in models with extended scalar sector? Particularly interesting among those models are the scalar DM models that have been already addressed in the 125 GeV Higgs boson scenario Djouadi:2011aa ().222Singlet fermion DM has also been studied Baek:2011aa ().

Figure 1: Running of the SM Higgs boson self-coupling for different Higgs boson masses at two loop level.

2.1 Scalar singlet model

The simplest DM model is obtained by extending the SM scalar potential with a real McDonald:1993ex (); Burgess:2000yq (); Barger:2007im (); Gonderinger:2009jp () or complex Barger:2008jx () singlet scalar field. In view of embedding this scenario into a GUT framework Kadastik:2009dj (), we study the complex singlet scalar , but the phenomenology in the real singlet case is similar. The vacuum stability of the real singlet model has previously been studied in Gonderinger:2009jp ().

Denoting the SM Higgs boson with the most general Lagrangian invariant under the transformations , is given by


The vacuum stability conditions for the complex singlet model with a global are given in Barger:2008jx (). However, those conditions are not applicable here because this model is far too simple compared to the general case (1). For the general model the full vacuum stability conditions are rather complicated and have been addressed previously in Ref. Kadastik:2009cu (). However, the conditions of Kadastik:2009cu () turn out to be too restrictive because they are derived by requiring the matrix of quartic couplings to be positive. This is required only if the coefficients of biquadratic terms are negative and, in general, cut out some allowed parameter space.

The conditions arising from pure quartic terms of the potential (1) are


For simplicity we consider in addition only the case when the coefficents of the terms biquadratic in real fields (e.g. the coefficient of ) are all non-negative, giving


Doing this, we exclude a part of the points that would be allowed by the full vacuum stability conditions. However, this is sufficient for our purposes because our aim is to show that regions of the parameter space exist that lower the SM Higgs boson mass vacuum stability bound.

The one-loop RGEs can be obtained from those in Kadastik:2009cu () by setting all couplings of the inert doublet to zero. The RGEs show that nonzero or give a positive contribution to the -function of , pushing the scale where higher. For qualitative understanding of the model, we let . Fig. 2 shows one loop level running for the  GeV Higgs quartic coupling for (the SM case) and for . In the latter case, the minimum bound on Higgs boson mass from the vacuum stability argument is lowered and the vacuum can be stable up to the GUT or Planck scale.

Figure 2: Running of the Higgs self-coupling in the complex singlet model for two different values of .

2.2 Inert doublet model

In the inert doublet model LopezHonorez:2006gr (); Barbieri:2006dq (); Ma:2006km (); Deshpande:1977rw () there is, besides the SM Higgs , an additional scalar doublet that is odd under a new symmetry and thus does not have Yukawa couplings. The neutral component of the inert doublet is a DM candidate. The most general Lagrangian invariant under the transformations , is


The requirement of vacuum stability imposes


We will not perform a detailed study of the inert doublet model alone here, because it is a limiting case of the singlet plus doublet model studied below.

2.3 Singlet plus doublet model

This model has been previously studied in the context of GUT Kadastik:2009dj (); Kadastik:2009cu (); Kadastik:2009ca (); Kadastik:2009gx (); Huitu:2010uc (). Here, however, we present a general scan of parameters without imposing any GUT boundary conditions.

The Lagrangian with even and odd and is


Just as for the complex singlet model, we consider here only the case of positive biquadratic terms for real fields (with the exception of the purely inert doublet conditions that are completely general). The simplified vacuum stability conditions for this model are given by (2), (3) and (5) together with an additional constraint333Again, similarly to the singlet model the constraints in Ref. Kadastik:2009cu () that were used in the previous version of the current paper are too restrictive.


The RGE-s for couplings and mass parameters are given in Kadastik:2009cu (). We have performed a scan of the parameters for the values of couplings randomly generated in the ranges


with the rest of the parameters set to zero. In the case of every generated point we check that it satisfies the requirements of vacuum stability and perturbativity in the whole range from to , positivity of masses at and lie within the range of the WMAP cosmic abundance. The points that satisfy all the constraints are shown in Fig. 3.

In the left panel of Fig. 3, the region excluded by the CMS is shown in red; the  GeV Higgs mass range is shown in green. Because the points were calculated using one-loop RGEs for the doublet plus singlet model, we show the GUT scale vacuum stability bound for the SM at one-loop level with the blue line (the two-loop bound is lower by about  GeV). The points excluded by the XENON100 experiment Aprile:2011hi () are shown in gray while the black points satisfy the present direct detection constraints. The shortage of points in the range from about  GeV to about  GeV is due to the DM being mostly singlet-like: in the low mass range it annihilates via the Higgs resonance, in the mass range above  GeV the quartic scalar interactions can be large enough to allow for efficient annihilation via contact terms, but in between annihilation is not efficient, resulting in overaboundance of DM and exclusion by CMB bounds.

The right panel of Fig. 3 shows the XENON100 direct detection constraints in detail. The points in the Higgs boson mass range  GeV are green. The low mass region below  GeV is excluded. Between  GeV and  GeV there is a region that accommodates  GeV, having vacuum stability up to the GUT scale with a low mass Higgs. Thus we conclude that the scalar DM models are perfectly consistent with the 125 GeV higgs mass and do not require the existence of new fundamental scale below the GUT or Planck scale.

The scan is no exhaustive, but for 124-126 GeV Higgs mass range, the noticeable differences with the rest of the parameter space are in the soft coupling and couplings between dark sector and the SM Higgs that tend to be smaller than with a freely varying Higgs mass.

Figure 3: Left: Scatter plot of the Higgs boson mass predictions in the singlet plus doublet DM model at one loop level. The blue line shows the SM one loop vacuum stability bound  GeV for a fixed  GeV. The light red area is excluded by the CMS, the green area shows  GeV. Gray points are excluded by the XENON100 bound, black points satisfy the XENON100 bound. Right: Dark matter spin-independent cross section vs. DM mass. The black line is the XENON100 bound. Green points have in the  GeV range.

3 CMSSM dark matter and LHC phenomenology for the 125 GeV Higgs boson

The CMSSM is the most thoroughly studied SUSY model. Naturally, if the Higgs boson is discovered with the mass  GeV, one would like to know what is the implication of this discovery for the phenomenology of this model. Here we show that if all the phenomenological constraints are taken into account, the CMSSM parameter space shrinks into well defined small regions according to the dominant DM freeze-out process. We study whether the CMSSM can be tested at the LHC and in DM direct detection experiments such as XENON100 and conclude that, despite of heavy Higgs boson, discovery of CMSSM gluinos and/or stops is not excluded at the LHC. In addition, if the sparticle spectrum is too heavy for the LHC discovery, DM direct detection experiments may still discover the CMSSM DM.

It is well known that such a heavy Higgs boson imposes challenges on SUSY models in which the Higgs boson mass is predicted to be


where is the stop dominated loop contribution. For  GeV the loop contribution must be as large as the tree level one which requires very heavy stops unless there is an extremely large trilinear scalar coupling that makes the lightest stop light due to large mixing. A heavy SUSY scale, in turn, makes the lightness of electroweak symmetry breaking scale unnatural. In addition, a heavy sparticle spectrum imposes fine tunings on the processes that contribute to the DM freeze-out in SUSY models. Taking those facts into account, the phenomenological constraints that are commonly addressed in the context of SUSY models, summarized in Table 1, the constraints from SUSY searches at the LHC and the constraints from DM direct detection, the CMSSM parameter space is known to be rather fine tuned Farina:2011bh (); Buchmueller:2011ki (); Buchmueller:2011sw (); Bertone:2011nj (); Fowlie:2011mb ().

At the GUT scale the parameter space of the CMSSM is described by five parameters,


the common scalar mass, the common gaugino mass, the common trilinear coupling, ratio of two Higgs vevs and the sign of the higgsino mass parameter. To scan over the CMSSM parameter space we randomly generate the parameters in the following ranges:


We use the MicrOMEGAs package Belanger:2010gh (); Belanger:2006is () to compute the electroweak scale sparticle mass spectrum, the Higgs boson masses, the DM relic abundance , the spin-independent DM-nucleon direct detection cross section and the other observables in Table 1. In addition, we require  GeV. We do not attempt to find the best fit regions of the parameter space because there is no Higgs mass measurement yet. In addition, there is a few GeV theoretical uncertainty in the computation of SUSY Higgs masses in the available codes. Therefore, to select the phenomenologically acceptable parameter space we impose hard cuts for the observables in Table 1.444The new constraints on from the LHCb and CMS Aaij:2012ac (); CMSbstomumu () have an impact on points with low stop mass at high . Qualitatively, however, the regions and channels remain the same. Our approach should be regarded as an example study of the CMSSM parameter space for heavy Higgs boson; qualitatively similar results should hold if the real Higgs boson mass deviates from 125 GeV by a few GeV.

Quantity Experiment Standard Model
 Bethke:2009jm () parameter
 Lancaster:2011wr () parameter
 PDG () parameter
 Larson:2010gs () 0
 Davier:2010nc () 0
BR Misiak:2006zs ()
BR Bsmumu () at 95%C.L.
BR/SM Buchmueller:2009fn () 1
Table 1: Used constraints for the CMSSM analyses.

Our results are presented in Figs. 4-7. Because there is a tension between the observables that push the SUSY scale to high values and the measurement of  Farina:2011bh (), we disregard the constraint for the moment. The reason is that the CMSSM parameter fit is largely dominated by two observables, the DM relic abundance and the , the latter constraining mostly the scale. We would first like to study the parameter space that induces correct and . Therefore we discuss the implications of the constraint later.

In Fig. 4 we present our results in scatter plots without the constraint. In the upper left panel the results are presented in plane, in the upper right panel in plane, in the lower left panel in plane, and in the lower right panel in plane. The first 100 days XENON100 constraint Aprile:2011hi () is also shown.

Figure 4: Scatter plots over the CMSSM parameter space keeping  GeV. Colours represent different dominant DM freeze-out processes. Light blue: slepton co-annihilation; green: stop co-annihilation; red to orange: well-tempered neutralino, yellow: higgsino; dark blue: heavy Higgs resonances. No constraint is imposed.

We identify five distinctive parameter regions according the dominant DM annihilation processes.

  • The light blue points with small and represent the slepton co-annihilation region. They are featured by very large values of Those points represent the best fit value of the CMSSM Farina:2011bh () and have low enough sparticle masses that allow potential SUSY discovery at the LHC. However, their spin-independent direct detection cross section is predicted to be below  cm and remains unobservable at the XENON100. The present XENON100 experimental bound is plotted in the upper right panel with solid red line. This is the only parameter region that survives at level after the constraint is imposed.

  • The green dots represent the stop co-annihilation region. Consequently those points have the lowest possible stop mass and, due to the mass degeneracy with DM, stops can be long lived and seen as stable very slow particles (-hadrons) at the LHC. The feature of those points is an enormous trilinear coupling and very large stop mixing. In addition, the gluino mass can be reachable at the LHC. For stop co-annihilation region the spin-independent DM direct detection cross section is, unfortunately, unobservable.

    Figure 5: The same as in Fig. 4 but for physical gluino and the lightest stop and slepton masses. The lower panels present low mass zoom to the upper panels.
  • The dots represented by continuous colour code from red to orange represent the so called well-tempered neutralino ArkaniHamed:2006mb (), i.e., neutralinos with large bino-higgsino mixing. The colour varies according to the higgsino component from red (predominantly bino) to yellow (pure higgsino). Therefore those points can simultaneously have small DM mass and large DM-nucleon scattering cross section that can be well tested at the XENON100. However, apart from the DM, all other sparticle masses are predicted to be too heavy for direct production at the LHC.

  • The yellow dots around  TeV represent the pure higgsino DM that is almost degenerate in mass with chargino. The sparticle mass spectrum is predicted to be even heavier than in the previous case because the DM scale is fixed to be high. These points represent the most general and most abundant bulk of the  GeV Higgs scenario – apart from the light DM and heavy Higgs boson there are no other observable consequences because stops can completely decouple. In our case the 10 TeV bound on stops is imposed only because we did not generate larger values of

  • The dark blue points represent heavy Higgs resonances. Those points are featured by very large values of and give the heaviest mass spectrum. In essence those points are just smeared out higgsino points due to additional Higgs-mediated processes.

In order to study the testability of those parameter regions at the LHC we plot in Fig. 5 the physical gluino mass against the lightest stop mass and the lightest slepton mass against the lightest stop mass. Clearly, the only two regions of interest for the LHC are the slepton and stop co-annihilation regions. Therefore we plot in lower panels the low mass scale zoom of the upper panels. According to Ref. Baer:2011aa () both regions have a chance to be discovered already in the 7 TeV LHC. Interestingly, due to the stop mass degeneracy with DM the stops can be long-lived. In this case one must search for -hadrons at the LHC experiments.

To study the and heavy Higgs mass dependence of the generated parameter space we plot in Fig. 6 scatter plots in and plains. The slepton co-annihilation points have a preferably large that implies large contributions to the observables like and the Those allow for indirect testing of this parameter region. Unfortunately the heavy Higgses are predicted to be too heavy to detect at the LHC.

Figure 6: The same as in Fig. 4 but in and planes.

We remind that so far we have disregarded the constraint. If we impose a hard cut on the generated parameter space, only the slepton co-annihilation region survives. The result is plotted in Fig. 7 where we repeat the content of Fig. 4 but with the additional constraint. As expected, the observed deviation in the from the SM prediction is hard to explain in SUSY models with heavy spectrum. Therefore the two measurements, and  GeV, are in conflict in the CMSSM Baer:2011ab (). The conflict is mildest in the slepton co-annihilation case because of large and the lightest sparticle spectrum. Therefore, for the  GeV Higgs boson, we predict definite sparticle masses and correlations between them, shown in Fig. 7, for the LHC. If the CMSSM is realized in Nature and if it contributes significantly to the , the sparticle spectrum is essentially fixed and potentially observable at the LHC.

Figure 7: The same as in Fig. 5 in the case of imposing constraint on the prediction.

4 Conclusions

The recent LHC searches for the SM-like Higgs boson motivate studies of the fundamental scalars in particle physics models and in cosmology. In this paper we analyzed the implications of the  GeV Higgs boson for the vacuum stability in scalar DM models and for the phenomenology of CMSSM. This value of the Higgs boson mass is interesting in both cases because it does not fit to the standard expectation neither in the SM nor in minimal supersymmetric models with SUSY breaking scale below 1 TeV.

We have shown that in the case of non-SUSY scalar DM models the vacuum can be stable up to the GUT scale even for Higgs boson masses much below the corresponding SM bound. Therefore, unlike the SM, the scalar DM models can be valid up to the GUT or Planck scales even for the Higgs boson mass as low as  GeV.

In minimal SUSY models, to the contrary, the  GeV Higgs boson is heavier than expected in scenarios that address naturalness of the electroweak scale. In order to generate such a large Higgs boson mass at loop level, the SUSY breaking scale must be rather high and could be unobservable at the LHC. This problem can be overcome with extremely large stop -term so that the lightest stop is light due to large mixing. At the same time the DM neutralino can also be light, either because of dominant slepton co-annihilation processes or because of large bino-higgsino mixing. In the latter case the DM-nucleon scattering cross section can be observable in direct detection experiments like the XENON100.

To quantify those results we studied the CMSSM by scanning over its parameter space allowing the sparticle mass parameters to be very large. We first considered the case without attempting to explain the in the context of CMSSM. We confirmed that for very large -terms there exists a stop co-annihilation region where all DM, stop and gluino are preferably light. Due to the mass degeneracy between stop and DM the stops can also be long lived resulting in non-trivial LHC phenomenology. The second parameter region that is potentially reachable at the LHC is the slepton co-annihilation region. The most important result of this work is to make sharp predictions of gluino, stop and slepton masses, shown in Fig. 5, for the CMSSM parameter regions that remain testable at the LHC.

For other channels of generating the correct DM relic abundance the  GeV Higgs boson implies very heavy sparticle masses. The exception is, of course, the DM that can be light due to bino-higgsino mixing even if other sparticles are as heavy as 10 TeV. In this case the CMSSM cannot be tested at the LHC but the DM spin-independent scattering cross section off nuclei may be large due to the large higgsino component. The latter scenario may be discoverable already in the running XENON100 experiment.

If, in addition, one attempts to explain also the in this framework, there is immediate tension between the high SUSY scale and the large value of the needed contribution. We found that after imposing the constraint on the CMSSM, only the slepton co-annihilation region survived at level, see Fig. 7. This implies that the CMSSM has a definite prediction for the sparticle masses and spectrum to be tested at the LHC experiments.

We thank A. Strumia for several discussions. This work was supported by the ESF grants 8090, 8499, 8943, MTT59, MTT60, MJD140, JD164, by the recurrent financing SF0690030s09 project and by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.


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