4 years ago

Signal for a light singlet scalar at the LHC.

Tanmoy Modak, We-Fu Chang, John N. Ng

In general Higgs portal like models, the extra neutral scalar, $S$, can mix with the Standard Model (SM) Higgs boson, $H$. We perform an exploratory study focusing on the direct search for such a light singlet $S$ at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). After careful study of the SM background, we find the process $pp\rightarrow t\bar{t}S$ followed by $S\rightarrow b\bar{b}$ can be used to investigate $S$ with mass in the $20<M_S<100$ GeV range, which has not been well explored at the LHC. The signal significance becomes meaningful with a luminosity around a few $\mbox{ab}^{-1}$. Also, we study the prospects of finding the light scalar at the future 100 TeV $pp$ collider, the $Z$ and Higgs factories. With similar luminosity, the current LEP limits on the mixing between $S$ and $H$ can be improved by at least one or two order of magnitudes.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.05722

DOI: arXiv:1711.05722v1

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