A composite Higgs with a heavy composite axion

Tony Gherghetta, Minh D. Nguyen

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We consider the strong dynamics associated with a composite Higgs model that simultaneously produces dynamical axions and solves the strong CP problem. The strong dynamics arises from a new Sp or SU(4) hypercolor gauge group containing QCD colored hyperfermions that confines at a high scale. The hypercolor global symmetry is weakly gauged by the Standard Model electroweak gauge group and an enlarged color group, SU(N + 3) × SU(N)′. When hyperfermion condensates form, they not only lead to an SU(5)/SO(5) composite Higgs model but also spontaneously break the enlarged color group to SU(3)c× SU(N)D. At lower energies, the SU(N)D group confines, producing two dynamical axions that eliminates all CP violation. Furthermore, small instantons from the SU(N)′ group can enhance the axion mass, giving rise to TeV scale axion masses that can be detected at collider experiments. Our model provides a way to unify the composite Higgs with dynamical axions, without introducing new elementary scalar fields, while also extending the range of axion masses that addresses the strong CP problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number94
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Beyond Standard Model
  • Global Symmetries
  • Solitons Monopoles and Instantons
  • Technicolor and Composite Models


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