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Boosted Higgs Shapes

Schlaffer, Matthias; Spannowsky, Michael; Takeuchi, Michihisa; Weiler, Andreas; Wymant, Chris

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Matthias Schlaffer

Michihisa Takeuchi

Andreas Weiler

Chris Wymant


The inclusive Higgs production rate through gluon fusion has been measured to be in agreement with the Standard Model (SM). We show that even if the inclusive Higgs production rate is very SM-like, a precise determination of the boosted Higgs transverse momentum shape offers the opportunity to see effects of natural new physics. These measurements are generically motivated by effective field theory arguments and specifically in extensions of the SM with a natural weak scale, like composite Higgs models and natural supersymmetry. We show in detail how a measurement at high transverse momentum of H→2ℓ+p/T via H→ττ and H→WW∗ could be performed and demonstrate that it offers a compelling alternative to the tt¯H channel. We discuss the sensitivity to new physics in the most challenging scenario of an exactly SM-like inclusive Higgs cross section.


Schlaffer, M., Spannowsky, M., Takeuchi, M., Weiler, A., & Wymant, C. (2014). Boosted Higgs Shapes. The European Physical Journal C, 74(10),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 7, 2014
Publication Date Oct 29, 2014
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 13, 2015
Journal European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Print ISSN 1434-6044
Electronic ISSN 1434-6052
Publisher SpringerOpen
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 74
Issue 10


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