Probing Higgs bosons via the type III seesaw mechanism at the LHC

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  • Probing Higgs bosons via the type III seesaw mechanism at the LHC

    Priyotosh Bandyopadhyay,1,3 Suyong Choi,2 Eung Jin Chun,1 and Kyungnam Min2

    1Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Seoul 130-722, Korea2Department of Physics, Korea University, Seoul 136-713, Korea

    3Department of Physics and Helsinki Institute of Physics, University of Helsinki, FIN-00014, Finland(Received 30 December 2011; published 20 April 2012)

    We show that the type III seesaw mechanism opens up a promising possibility of searching the Higgs

    boson in the b b channel through the Higgs production associated with a charged lepton coming from the

    decay of the triplet seesaw particle. In particular we look for the 2b signals with trileptons or same-sign

    dileptons to construct the Higgs and the triplet fermion mass and calculate the reach with the integrated

    luminosity of 10 fb1 at the 14 TeV LHC.

    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.85.073013 PACS numbers: 14.80.Bn, 13.35.Hb, 13.85.Qk, 14.60.St

    Finding the Higgs boson and thus verifying the elec-troweak symmetry breaking mechanism is a primarygoal of the LHC. The recent LHC data constrain theHiggs mass in a narrow range of 115130 GeV [1]. Forsuch a low mass Higgs boson, its discovery relies on thecombination of several channels based on the gluonfusion production, in particular, gg ! h ! . Anotherinteresting channel is the associated Higgs boson pro-duction pp ! WZh followed by the dominant Higgsdecay h ! b b and leptonic decays of WZ for which alow significance due to large backgrounds can be over-come by using subjet techniques in a boosted regime [2].Probing such a channel is important as it can provide anindependent information on the Higgs boson coupling togauge bosons and b quarks.

    The purpose of this work is to explore another possibil-ity for the Higgs discovery which arises in the type IIIseesaw mechanism, where the origin of the observed neu-trino masses and mixing is attributed to SU2 tripletfermions with hypercharge zero [3]. Such new particlescan be produced through the electroweak interaction andsubsequently decay to a lepton plus W, Z or h. Thesesignatures can be traced successfully to reconstruct thenew triplets and thus confirm the type III seesaw mecha-nism [49]. Among these type III seesaw signatures, wefocus on the Higgs production associated with a chargedlepton followed by the Higgs decay h ! b b to show thatthis channel provides a promising search channel for thelow mass Higgs boson.

    The type III seesaw mechanism introduces SU2L trip-let fermions with Y 0, ;0;, which can bewritten in a matrix form:






    0 !

    : (1)

    Then the gauge invariant Yukawa terms are

    L yiH" PLli H:c: 14m Tr ; (2)

    where li is the lepton doublet and H is the Higgsdoublet: li i; eiL and H H; H0. In the unitarygauge, H 0 and H0 v h= ffiffiffi2p with v 174 GeV,we get

    LYukawa yiffiffiffi


    PLei 0PLi H:c: hffiffiffi2

    p : (3)

    Here we take only one generation of the triplet for ourillustration. Note that the neutrinos get a seesaw massmij yiyjv2=m which becomes of the order 0.1 eV foryi 106 andm 1 TeV. The neutrino Dirac mass, yiv,induces mixing between l and. The mixing angles for theneutral and charged part are

    i yiv

    mand li


    2p yiv

    m; (4)

    respectively. Because of the l- mixing (4), we get themixed gauge interaction as follows:

    Lgauge giW


    2p 0PLei iPR



    2p eiPL0 PRi




    PLei ffiffiffi



    05i: (5)

    The electroweak production of these triplets happenthrough the W and Z exchange at the LHC. The totalpartonic level production cross-section is given by [4]

    3 2

    48NcsV2L V2R; (6)

    where, Nc 3, s parton level center of mass energy, ffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi1 4M2=sp , and

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  • VA 0 for q q ! 0;

    VA Qqe


    s g



    sM2Zfor q q ! ;

    VA g2


    2p for u d ! 0;


    where gqA T3 s2WQq is the Z coupling to quark q forA fL; Rg.

    Thus, the electroweak production of the triplets at theLHC, pp ! 0;, will leave bunch of multilep-ton final states followed by the triplet decays:

    ! lh; lZ0; W; 00 ! h; Z0; lW:


    Among them, trilepton (3l) and same-sign dilepton(SSD) signals were shown to provide the most promisingchannels for the triplet search [9]. This is also true forprobing the Higgs boson in the type III seesaw. That is, themain channels for the Higgs search studied in this paperwill be 3l and SSD final states coming from 0 asfollows:

    lhlWl; lhZll; lZllh; lhlWl;jj:

    The current experimental limit on the heavy chargedlepton mass is rather week: mL * 100 GeV [10], whichwe apply to our triplet mass. For the collider analysis, wehave chosen two benchmark points, BP1 and BP2, withm 250 and 400 GeV, respectively, taking the Higgsmass of 120 GeV. The production cross-sections of thetriplet pairs at the 14 TeV LHC corresponding to BP1 andBP2 are listed in Table I. The branching ratios of thetriplet decay are calculated in Table II. The decay rate of ! 0 is suppressed by a small mass splittingbetween and 0 arising from one-loop correction,while the other decay rates are proportional to y2i comingfrom the mixing (4) [4]. The size of the neutrino Yukawacoupling y can be quantified by the effective neutrino mass~m jyj2v2=m where we take, in our analysis, y y1 ory2 denoting the electron or muon neutrino Yukawa cou-pling, respectively. When ~m is sufficiently small, thetriplet decays will occur at large displaced vertices and

    thus enable us to trace a displaced Higgs production freefrom backgrounds [11]. In this work, we do not look for thesignatures with displaced vertices as our analysis can beapplied to any value of ~m. For our presentation, we set~m 10 meV corresponding to the solar neutrino massscale.In this study, MADGRAPH [12] has been used for

    generating parton-level events for the relevant processes.The Les Houches Accord event file interface [13] was thenused to pass the MADGRAPH-generated events to PYTHIA[14]. We use CTEQ6L parton distribution function (PDF)[15,16]. In MADGRAPH we opted for the lowest order sevaluation, which is appropriate for a lowest order PDFlike CTEQ6L. The renormalization/factorization scale in

    MADGRAPH is set atffiffiffi


    . This choice of scale results in a

    somewhat conservative estimate for the event rates. Initialstate radiation/final state radiation were switched on inPYTHIA for a realistic simulation. For this analysis we

    have assumed a b-jet tagging efficiency of 50% [17].For hadronic level simulation we have used PYCELL, the

    TABLE I. Two benchmark production cross-sections.

    Production cross-sections (fb)

    m 250 GeV 400 GeV

    0 439.1 73.8 320.0 50.00 221.8 32.3

    TABLE II. Triplet branching ratios for ~m 10 meV.Decay modes Branching ratios

    m 250 GeV 400 GeV

    0 ! h 0.17 0.220 ! Z 0.27 0.260 ! Wl 0.56 0.52 ! hl 0.17 0.22 ! Zl 0.27 0.26 ! W 0.55 0.52 ! 0 0.009 0.003

    TABLE III. Number of events for 2b 3l; for mb-b within120 25 GeV; and for mb-b-l within 250400 50 GeV.2b 3lSignal Backgrounds

    BP1 BP2 tt ttb b ttZ tth VV ttW116.89 40.32 5.0 1.77 31.53 9.86 0.0 8.67

    mb-bSignal Backgrounds

    BP1 BP2 tt ttb b ttZ tth VV ttW28.44 4.46 1.0 0.50 8.3 2.2 0.0 2.5

    mb-b-lSignal Backgrounds

    tt ttb b ttZ tth VV ttWBP1 61.89 2.0 0.1 5.9 1.5 0.0 0.9

    BP2 5.19 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.06 0.0 0.5

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  • toy calorimeter simulation provided in PYTHIA, with thefollowing criteria:

    (i) the calorimeter coverage is jj< 4:5 and the seg-mentation is given by 0:09 0:09which resembles a generic LHC detector;

    (ii) a cone algorithm with R ffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi2 2p 0:5has been used for jet finding;

    (iii) pjetT;min 20 GeV and jets are ordered in pT;

    (iv) leptons ( e, ) are selected with pT 20 GeVand jj 2:5;

    (v) and no jet should match with a hard lepton in theevent.

    Higgs search with 2b 3lFor the Higgs event selec-tion, we first study the final state topology with at leasttwo tagged b-jets and at least three isolated leptons.Dominant standard model (SM) backgrounds are denotedin Table III. Here VV n jets do not contribute as

    potential backgrounds. The number of the signal and back-ground events for the two benchmark points are listed inTable III for an integrated luminosity of 10 fb1 at the14 TeV LHC. As we can see from the Table III thesignificance for BP1 is 9 and that of BP2 is 4 at10 fb1 of integrated luminosity.The b-jet pair invariant mass distribution, after the

    event selection, is presented in Fig. 1 which shows thesmeared distribution for lower invariant mass due to the Zpeak contribution. Thus reconstructing Higgs mass doesnot increase the signal significance. Selecting events withinthe window of 95 GeV mb-b 145 GeV as in Table III,we get the required luminosity for 5 signal significance13:3 fb1 for BP1, and 238 fb1 for BP2. The correspond-ing decay length of the triplet is 0.06 (0.02) cm and 0.03(0.01) cm for the neutral (charged) triplet fermion for themasses 250 and 400 GeV, respectively.








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