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Gluon-initiated associated production boosts Higgs physics

Englert, Christoph; McCullough, Matthew; Spannowsky, Michael

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Christoph Englert

Matthew McCullough


Analyses of boosted Higgs bosons from associated production comprise some of the main search channels for the Higgs boson at the LHC. The gluon-initiated gg→hZ subprocess has largely been ignored in phenomenological analyses of boosted associated production although this contribution is sizable as the pT spectrum for this process is maximized in the boosted regime due to the top quark loop threshold. In this paper, we discuss this contribution to boosted pp→hZ analyses in detail. We find there are previously overlooked modifications of standard model Higgs rates at the LHC which depend on the pT cuts applied and can be significant. There are also important consequences for physics beyond the standard model as the gg→hZ process introduces significant dependence on the magnitude and sign of the Higgs-top quark coupling ct, which is overlooked if it is assumed that associated production depends only on the Higgs-Z boson coupling as c2V. This new dependence on ct impacts interpretations of Higgs rates in the contexts of supersymmetry, two Higgs doublet models, and general scenarios with modified couplings. We suggest that these effects be included in current and future LHC boosted Higgs analyses.


Englert, C., McCullough, M., & Spannowsky, M. (2014). Gluon-initiated associated production boosts Higgs physics. Physical Review D, 89(1), Article 013013.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 27, 2014
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 27, 2015
Journal Physical Review D
Print ISSN 1550-7998
Electronic ISSN 1550-2368
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 89
Issue 1
Article Number 013013


Published Journal Article (600 Kb)

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