New Physics Opportunities in the Boosted Di- Higgs plus \not\hskip-2.845276ptE_{T} Signature

New Physics Opportunities in the Boosted Di- Higgs plus Signature

Zhaofeng Kang School of Physics, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Seoul 130-722, Korea    P. Ko School of Physics, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Seoul 130-722, Korea    Jinmian Li ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale, Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
August 17, 2019

The Higgs field in the standard model (SM) may couple to new physics sectors related with dark matter and/or massive neutrinos. In this paper we propose a novel signature, the boosted di-Higgs boson plus (which is either a dark matter or neutrino), to probe those new physics sectors. In a large class of models, in particular the supersymmetric SMs and low scale seesaw mechanisms, this signature can play a key role. The signature has clear background, and at the 14 TeV high luminosity (HL-)LHC, we can probe it with production rate as low as 0.1 fb. We apply it to benchmark models, supersymmetry in the bino-Higgsino limit, the canonical seesaw model and little Higgs model, finding that masses of Higgsino, right-handed neutrino and heavy vector boson can be probed up to 500 GeV, 650 GeV and 900 GeV, respectively.


New physics below the iceberg Discovery of Higgs boson at the large hadronic collider (LHC) Higgs:dis completes the standard model (SM). At the same time, however, it opens a new era for particle physics: this new resonance might be just a small tip of a big iceberg, and below it could hide a mystery of new world. Looking around this small tip, we may find clues for new physics. Actually, we do have convincing arguments to support this belief from several motivations for new physics beyond the SM (BSM).

The most common theoretical argument for new physics is from the notorious gauge hierarchy problem caused by the quadratic divergence of (Higgs mass) parameter. Solutions to this problem introduce new particles coupled to the SM Higgs field. For instance, in the supersymmetric SMs (SSMs) the Higgs doublet (along with by virtue of anomaly cancelation) participate in quite a few interactions. The second argument for new physics is from dark matter (DM), whose interactions with the visible sector may be through the SM Higgs boson (Higgs portal DM). Last but not the least, neutrinos in the renormalizable SM are massless in conflict with the observation. Mechanisms, such as various seesaw mechanisms, to generate neutrino masses may again introduce new couplings to . It is well expected that these new interactions of could contribute to the production of (plus something else) at LHC. In this letter we will concentrate on the di-Higgs production, which is common in these mentioned BSM contexts, has a bright prospect at LHC and moreover provides a new angle on di-Higgs physics.

BSM with boosted di-Higgs bosons plus Di-Higgs boson search is one of the focuses in the upcoming LHC run, aiming at examining the Higgs potential Gupta:2013zza ; di Higgs . On the other hand, on top of the di-Higgs, a large class of BSM models can produce associated objects , e.g., is a missing particle at LHC such as DM or neutrino. Moreover, both Higgs bosons may be boosted if they are produced from heavy particle decay. These additional features could greatly enhance the di-Higgs searches at a hadronic collider. In the following we select two well-known BSM models where is a DM and neutrino, respectively.

The first example is the neutralino sector of the minimal SSM (MSSM) with bino-Higgsino accessible at LHC only, 111The gravitino-Higgsino system with very light (says keV) gravitino from the low scale supersymmetry-breaking models fit this scenario better. We leave it for a future study. Since we are interested in boosted di-Higgs, we assume such a mass hierarchy: Higgsinos (with mass GeV) are much heavier than bino (with mass GeV). The mass eigenstates , respectively having masses in ascending order, are related to via . and are Higgsino-like, constituting a pseudo Dirac fermion pair with masse splitting of a few GeVs; is treated as massless for the moment. Electroweak gauge interactions of these particles are described by


with the Weinberg angle and , . We have assumed CP-invariance and an exact decoupling between two Higgs doublets. Note that the diagonal couplings are suppressed by the small mass splitting between and .

The interesting signature is produced along the chain . In the high energy limit , we can apply the Goldstone equivalence theorem and obtain the following equations for decay branching ratios of (We refer to Jung:2014bda for relevant discussions on this point):


This theorem will be used frequently in this paper. In order to approach the maximal branching ratio of the di-Higgs boson channel, is favored. And it holds when the Higgs sector gives a large limit and moreover . In this limit the cross section of di-Higgs plus can reach 1.2 fb for 500 GeV Higgsinos.

The second example is the heavy right-handed neutrino (RHN) in the type-I seesaw mechanism implemented in the local model Basso:2008iv . The minimal model is described by the following Lagrangian:


where we consider only one family of RHN for simplicity. carries one unit of charge and gains Majorana mass from the coupling to the Higgs field , which develops VEV from the potential and breaks at the TeV scale. The term in mixes and , the neutral component of SM doublet , leading to two Higgs bosons in the mass eigensate:


We have decomposed similarly for . The current data tells that is quite SM-like, and the measured Higgs signal strength imposes an upper bound on the mixng angle at the 95% CL Lopez-Val:2014jva . For such a small mixing angle, the SM-like Higgs boson mass squared can be approximated as


where is the usual Higgs quartic self coupling. Let us mention that the heavier and the larger are good for solving the metastability problem of Higgs potential near the Plank scale, which is attributed to the relatively small . For example, for TeV and , we now need . Note that such discussions can be easily generalized to other models.

The heavy can be abundantly pair-produced via the resonance : . The channel is suppressed by the small branching ratio Br. In addition to that, it is strongly constrained by the di-lepton resonance search at LHC Aad:2014cka . The channel is due to the gluon-gluon fusion production of , described by the usual dimension-five operator for :


with . However, this effective description becomes invalid when is much heavier than the top quark mass. Therefore, in the actual LHC analysis, we will utilize the results from the CERN Yellow Report higgs14 which takes into account the finite top quark mass effect. For one can naturally expect Br. The RHN pair is followed by the decay with the active neutrino, giving rise to the boosted di-Higgs plus signature. Because RHN is heavy, the branching ratios satisfy the relations Huitu:2008gf ; Basso:2008iv :


which again follows from the equivalence theorem. For TeV, one can reach a signal cross section 1.5 fb given that is about 1 TeV.

Comments are in order. The conventional single RHN (below the weak scale) production counts on sizable mixings between the sterile and active neutrinos RHN:mix ; Deppisch:2015qwa , which would be extremely small in generic cases. But probably RHN has gauge and/or Yukawa couplings, e.g., in the local models, and thus the pair production of heavy RHN is hopeful at 14 TeV LHC or other future colliders RHN:100 . In particular, to our knowledge, using a scalar resonance is novel in RHN production and may offer the unique chance to probe type-I seesaw mechanism.

Simplified models for There are many other well motivated BSM models that can produce this signature; see an incomplete collection in the supplement material. Therefore, before we head toward the detailed collider study, this would be the right place to develop simplified models which could be used for a more general study of this signature.

Two classes of models are of interest. Let us start with the first class, where the missing particle is DM, or more widely a neutral particle stable at the collider time scale. The dark sector is supposed to consist of several dark states; we will use this term to genetically refer to particles undiscovered. And we will consider two dark states for concreteness. Then their interactions with the Higgs boson would take the following forms:


(, , ) is a (Majorana fermion, real scalar, vector boson) DM with negligible mass; the heavy dark state , etc., is in the sub-TeV mass region. Similarly, the second class with neutrino as the missing particle can be built. RHN-like heavy state couple to neutrino and Higgs boson via the effective operator


With these, the event topology boosted is generated through pair production of heavy dark states which decay into DM/neutrino plus Higgs bosons.

In the simplified models we do not specify the production mechanism for the father particle such as since it is fairly model dependent. We can consider three possibilities for productions. Firstly, the father particle itself such as the Higgsino has electroweak interactions so that the pair can be produced via Drell-Yan processes. This mechanism does not involve extra particles and couplings. Secondly, in the presence of a new particle coupling to light quarks as (just schematically), can be pair-produced via exchanging in the channel. In the supplement, the vector pair production in the little Higgs model is discussed in this way. Last but not the least, if has interactions like , then the pair can be resonantly produced. But as mentioned before, this contribution will be stringently restricted if also couples significantly to leptons. The latter two possibilities may provide more effective production mechanisms than the first one, provided that the mass and couplings of (to quarks and ) are proper. In the following studies, a proper production mechanism for the pair will be assumed.

Boosted 2 at the 14 TeV LHC The hadronic mode is dominant in the di-Higgs decay, and becomes relieved from the huge QCD backgrounds (BGs) in the boosted region. For example, D. Lima et al. show that with the help of the boosted di-Higgs channel one can finally reach at 14 TeV HL-LHC deLima:2014dta 222The ATLAS search on data set of 8 TeV 19.5 fb shows that the current search sensitivity to the boosted di-Higgs channel is around an order of magnitude above the SM di-Higgs production rate Aad:2015uka , without using the substructure technique. This channel was believed to be not promising 2h1 ; 2h2 outside the boosted Higgs region. In some new physics scenarios, where the di-Higgs is produced from a heavy resonance decay, this channel is even more remarkable Cooper:2013kia ; Gouzevitch:2013qca ; Khachatryan:2015yea . Other related studies involving boosted (maybe extra) Higgs boson(s) are also motivated in various contexts Kang:2013rj ; Cooper:2013kia ; b2h ; Chen:2014dma ; Chakraborty:2015xia . In our signature, the (highly) boosted di-Higgs is further strengthened by a large missing energy, that could lead to the much earlier discovery of 2 than the previous signatures without 333CMS searched for this signature without using boosted Higgs-taggingCMS-PAS-SUS-13-022 . They required that all ’s have to be resolved.

The BGs of 2 are similar to those of the di-Higgs signature: the irreducible BGs (dominated by QCD and ) and the reducible BGs (dominated by the semi-leptonic pair); with can be mis-tagged as , but the cross section is and thus negligible. In the irreducible BGs, is due to the limited detector resolution, and the distribution of depends on the detector setup: e.g., at 7 TeV LHC it respects a Gaussian distribution with the central value GeV Aad:2012re . While in the semi-leptonic BG, light flavor jets can be mis-tagged as -jets and at the same time the leptons may be missed, which happens, besides owing to the limited lepton tagging efficiencies (especially for ), if the leptons go outside the kinematic region, i.e., GeV and , or they are not isolated, i.e., the scalar sum of particles in the vicinity () of the lepton is greater than . MadGraph5_aMC@NLO Alwall:2011uj is used to calculate the LO cross sections for 4 (861 pb) and (109 pb at NLO after multiplying a constant -factor 1.4 Campbell:2003hd ); the bottom quarks in these BGs are required to have GeV, and . The NNLO cross section of the semi-leptonic including all lepton flavors can be found in Ref. Ahrens:2011px , 382 pb; no cuts are imposed on the top decay products.

We take heavy RHN pair production via the resonance as the representative signal process, setting GeV and Br. FeynRules Alloul:2013bka is used for generating the UFO model files of the model Basso:2011na . The signal (and BGs) events are generated by MadGraph5_aMC@NLO, and passed to Pythia6 Sjostrand:2006za for SM particles decay, parton showering and hadronization. The detector effects are simulated with Delphes3 deFavereau:2013fsa , where we choose the default ATLAS detector setup. The -tagging efficiency is set to 0.7 with mis--tagging rates for - and light-flavored jets assumed to be 0.1 and 0.015 CMS-PAS-BTV-13-001 , respectively. Then, the particle flow information from Delphes3 is analyzed using fastjet Cacciari:2011ma .

Comments on the generalization of the above representative model are in orders. Firstly, the invisible particle is assumed to be massless. However, our results can be generalized to the massive invisible particle case ( refers to the measurable in this case), because the variables in our analysis actually are merely sensitive to the mass difference between the invisible particle and the father particle. Secondly, we have chosen the Yukawa coupling of such that the narrow width approximation holds (); moreover, is small. So, it is justified to conclude that the kinematic properties of the RHN pair produced here are similar to those of the pair which is produced in other ways through an off-shell -channel mediator or a -channel mediator.

In selecting the signal events, lepton veto is imposed first. Next, the Cambridge/Aachen algorithm CA with an appropriate cone size is used to recluster fat-jets. Then the BDRS algorithm BDRS is applied to resolve their substructure. More concretely, a Higgs jet candidate during the declustering should have large mass drop , and not too asymmetric mass splitting . After filtering, the three hardest subjets inside the fat-jet, which are reconstructed by the anti-kt algorithm with , are identified as the ingredients of the Higgs jet candidate; also the two leading subjets are required to be -tagged.

The separation angle between and from Higgs decay, namely the Higgs jet cone size, depends on the energy of Higgs boson. For each RHN mass , we scan with step size 0.1 and find , that retains most of the signal events whose leading two fat-jets pass the BDRS Higgs-tagging criteria and the cut GeV (A more refined mass interval for a given is given in Table II.). In Table 1 we show the options of for different values of . The fraction of retained signal events (selection efficiency) and cross sections of BGs after Higgs-tagging are also displayed. As expected, a smaller should be adopted for a heavier . It then greatly reduces the probability that two close QCD jets mimic the Higgs jet, thus suppressing BGs (especially the QCD BG from ’s).

(GeV) (fb) (fb) QCD(fb)
200 2.0 2.1% 5.2 13.9 591.8
300 1.8 2.5% 3.9 9.2 399.4
400 1.6 3.2% 2.4 5.6 241.7
500 1.6 3.9% 2.4 5.6 241.7
700 1.4 5.4% 1.3 2.9 117.1
1000 1.0 6.8% 0.46 0.41 14.5
2000 0.8 8.8% 0.19 0.1 3.2
Table 1: The selection efficiency and cross sections of BGs after applying Higgs-tagging which takes GeV and .

There are some other powerful discriminators in our analysis, such as and the reconstructed two Higgs boson masses. Requiring GeV after Higgs-tagging leaves the semi-leptonic as the dominant BG. In addition, since we consider pair production of heavy particles, the variable MT2 , which reflects mass difference between the father particle and its invisible daughter, is quite useful. According to these variables, we design four signal regions (SR) which are suitable for different ; see Table 2 where the name of SR is indicated by the RHN mass. The cuts of each SR are optimized with respect to the corresponding benchmark point. Note that SR500 will be used for above 500 GeV because its BGs already become negligible.

signal region SR200 SR300 SR400 SR500
Selection cuts Lepton veto & tau veto
Two Higgs tagged jets
/GeV [90,150] [90,150] [90,150] [90,150]
/GeV [80,140] [70,150] [80,140] [80,140]
Table 2: Optimized cuts for the four signal regions.

How far can we reach? For a given RHN mass, the signal cross section that provides at least 3- significance, i.e., , is


where is the integrated luminosity and are cuts efficiencies for the signal and BGs, respectively. In Fig. 1 we show the reach limit of our representative signal process in the light green shaded region. One can see that the production rate as low as fb can be reached for GeV.

Figure 1: Based on the representative signal process, the shaded region can be probed with 3- significance at 14 TeV 3000 LHC. We display the cross sections of di-Higgs in four models: (I) seesaw (orange), (II) MSSM (blue), (III) supersymmetric seesaw (cyan) and (IV) little Higgs (red) models.

Now we explain the above model-independent reach in several benchmark models, where the kinematic properties of the father particle () pair are similar to those of the RHN pair in the representative signal process. They are: (I) the neutrino system in the Type-I seesaw that presents a scalar resonance with a large mass (For such heavy , its production rate is obtained from Ref. higgs14 rather than Eq. (7).), the mixing angle 444Converting the signal reach to the limit on the mixing angle for , we get for around 800 GeV. But it is can be improved much at the 100 TeV collider Kang:2015uoc . and Br(; (II) the bino-Higgsino system in MSSM with Br; (III) the sneutrino system in the supersymmetric seesaw Dirac:snu with the left-handed sneutrino produced via the Drell-Yan process and Br; (IV) the massive vector boson system in the little Higgs model Arkani ; Hubisz:2004ft with produced by the -channel exchange of a quark partner and Br. We put the details of the later two models in the supplement. The 3- discovery lines are labelled in Fig. 1. We observe that (RHN, Higgsinos, ) with mass up to TeV can be probed at 3- level, whereas the sneutrino case can be hardly probed. Note that the invisible particle is assumed to be massless, and the violation of this assumption will lead to a shift of these curves toward left, roughly by the invisible particle mass.

Conclusion In the light of a large class of BSM models, we propose a noble signature, namely the boosted di-Higgs plus to probe new physics. Good prospects of models like MSSM, type-I seesaw and little Higgs are demonstrated, finding that masses of Higgsino, right-handed neutrino and heavy vector boson can be probed up to 500 GeV, 650 GeV and 900 GeV, respectively.

Acknowledgements This work is supported in part by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Research Grant NRF-2015R1A2A1A05001869, and by the NRF grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2009-0083526) through Korea Neutrino Research Center at Seoul National University (PK).


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