Electroweak restoration at the LHC and beyond: The Vh channel

Li Huang, Samuel D. Lane, Ian M. Lewis, Zhen Liu

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The LHC is exploring electroweak (EW) physics at the scale EW symmetry is broken. As the LHC and new high energy colliders push our understanding of the Standard Model to ever-higher energies, it will be possible to probe not only the breaking of but also the restoration of EW symmetry. We propose to observe EW restoration in double EW boson production via the convergence of the Goldstone boson equivalence theorem. This convergence is most easily measured in the vector boson plus Higgs production, Vh, which is dominated by the longitudinal polarizations. We define EW restoration by carefully taking the limit of zero Higgs vacuum expectation value (vev). EW restoration is then measured through the ratio of the pTh distributions between Vh production in the Standard Model and Goldstone boson plus Higgs production in the zero vev theory, where pTh is the Higgs transverse momentum. As EW symmetry is restored, this ratio converges to one at high energy. We present a method to extract this ratio from collider data. With a full signal and background analysis, we demonstrate that the 14 TeV HL-LHC can confirm that this ratio converges to one to 40% precision while at the 27 TeV HE-LHC the precision will be 6%. We also investigate statistical tests to quantify the convergence at high energies. Our analysis provides a roadmap for how to stress test the Goldstone boson equivalence theorem and our understanding of spontaneously broken symmetries, in addition to confirming the restoration of EW symmetry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number053007
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 22 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I. M. L. would like to thank the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Universität Heidelberg for their hospitality during the beginning of this work and Tilman Plehn for insightful discussions. I. M. L. would also like to thank Sally Dawson for useful comments. This work was performed in part at the Aspen Center for Physics, which is supported by National Science Foundation Grant No. PHY1607611. L. H. and I. M. L. were supported in part in part by United States Department of Energy Grant No. de-sc0017988. S. L. is supported by the State of Kansas EPSCoR grant program and the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. The SCGSR program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the DOE. ORISE is managed by ORAU under Contract No. DE-SC0014664. Z. L. was supported in part by the NSF Grants No. PHY-1620074, No. PHY-1914480, and No. PHY-1914731, and by the Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics (MCFP). The data to reproduce the plots has been uploaded with the arXiv submission or is available upon request.

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