Heavy Higgs as a portal to the supersymmetric electroweak sector

Stefania Gori, Zhen Liu, Bibhushan Shakya

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The electroweak sector of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) — neutralinos, charginos and sleptons — remains relatively weakly constrained at the LHC due in part to the small production cross sections of these particles. In this paper, we study the prospects of searching for decays of heavy Higgs bosons into these superpartners at the high luminosity LHC. In addition to the kinematic handles offered by the presence of a resonant particle in the production chain, heavy Higgs decays can be the dominant production mode of these superpartners, making it possible to extend coverage to otherwise inaccessible regions of the supersymmetry and heavy Higgs parameter space. We illustrate our ideas with detailed collider analyses of two specific topologies: we propose search strategies for heavy Higgs decay to a pair of neutralinos, which can probe heavy Higgs bosons up to 1 TeV in the intermediate tan β(∼2 − 8) region, where standard heavy Higgs searches have no reach. Similarly, we show that targeted searches for heavy Higgs decays into staus can probe stau masses up to several hundred GeV. We also provide a general overview of additional decay channels that might be accessible at the high luminosity LHC. This motivates a broader program for LHC heavy Higgs searches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number49
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
We would like to thank Stefan Prestel and Maxim Perelstein for helpful discussions. SG is supported by the NSF CAREER grant PHY-1915852. BS is partially supported by the NSF CAREER grant PHY-1915852. The authors thank the Aspen Center for Physics, which is supported by National Science Foundation grant PHY-1607611. This manuscript has been authored by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11359 with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of High Energy Physics. ZL is supported in part by the NSF under Grant No. PHY1620074 and by the Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics.

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