Potential precision on Higgs couplings and total width at the ILC

Tao Han, Zhen Liu, Josh Sayre

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We outline a systematic approach to the determination of the standard model-like Higgs boson total width and measurable coupling parameters in a model-independent manner at the International Linear Collider and illustrate the complementarity for operating it at 250 GeV near the Zh threshold and at 500 GeV and 1 TeV utilizing the WW, ZZ fusion processes. We perform detailed simulations for an important contributing channel to the coupling determination and for invisible decays. Without model assumptions, and combining the information for the coupling ratios from the LHC, the total width can be determined to an accuracy of about 6%, and the couplings for the observable channels can be measured to the (3-5)% level at 250 GeV, reaching (1-3)% level including the 500 GeV results, with further improvements possible with a 1 TeV run. The best precision for the branching fraction measurement of the Higgs to invisible modes can be reached at 0.5%-0.7% around the Zh threshold. Further studies from ZZ fusion at higher energies may provide significant improvement for the measurements. With modest theory assumptions, the width and coupling determinations can be further improved to the percent or subpercent level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number113006
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 30 2014
Externally publishedYes


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