MSSM Higgs bosons at the LHC

Neil Christensen, Tao Han, Shufang Su

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The recent results on Higgs boson searches from LHC experiments provide significant guidance in exploring the minimal supersymmetric (SUSY) standard model (MSSM) Higgs sector. If we accept the existence of a SM-like Higgs boson in the mass window of 123 GeV-127 GeV as indicated by the observed γγ events, there are two distinct mass regions (in m A) left in the MSSM Higgs sector: (a) the lighter CP-even Higgs boson being SM-like and the non-SM-like Higgs bosons all heavy and nearly degenerate above 300 GeV (an extended decoupling region); (b) the heavier CP-even Higgs boson being SM-like and the neutral non-SM-like Higgs bosons all nearly degenerate around 100 GeV (a small non-decoupling region). On the other hand, due to the strong correlation between the Higgs decays to W +W - and to γγ predicted in the MSSM, the apparent absence of a W +W - final state signal is in direct conflict with the γγ peak. If we consider the W +W - channel on its own, the absence of the W +W - signal would imply that the SM-like Higgs boson has reduced coupling to W ±, and that the other non-SM-like Higgs bosons should not be too heavy and do not decouple. If both the γγ excess and the absence of a W +W - signal continue, new physics beyond the MSSM will be required. A similar correlation exists between the W +W - and τ +τ - channels: a reduced W +W - channel would force the τ +τ - channel to be larger. Future searches for the SM-like Higgs boson at the LHC will provide critical tests for the MSSM prediction. We also study the signals predicted for the non-SM-like Higgs bosons and emphasize the potential importance of the electroweak processes pp→H +H -, H ±A0, which are independent of the SUSY parameters except for their masses. In addition, there may be sizable contributions from pp→H ±h0, A0h0 and W ±H0, ZH0 in the low-mass non-decoupling region, which may serve to discriminate the model parameters. We allow variations of the relevant SUSY parameters in a broad range and demonstrate the correlations and constraints on these parameters and associated SUSY particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115018
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 22 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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