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Higgs pair production as a signal of enhanced Yukawa couplings.

Bauer, Martin and Carena, Marcela and Carmona, Adrián (2018) 'Higgs pair production as a signal of enhanced Yukawa couplings.', Physical review letters., 121 (2). 021801.

Abstract

We present a nontrivial correlation between the enhancement of the Higgs-fermion couplings and the Higgs pair production cross section in two Higgs doublet models with a flavor symmetry, with implications for LHC searches. This symmetry suppresses flavor-changing neutral couplings of the Higgs boson and allows for a partial explanation of the hierarchy in the Yukawa sector. After taking into account the constraints from electroweak precision measurements, Higgs coupling strength measurements, and unitarity and perturbativity bounds, we identify an interesting region of parameter space leading to enhanced Yukawa couplings as well as enhanced di-Higgs gluon fusion production at the LHC reach. This effect is visible in both the resonant and nonresonant contributions to the Higgs pair production cross section. We encourage dedicated searches based on differential distributions as a novel way to indirectly probe enhanced Higgs couplings to light fermions.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.021801
Publisher statement:Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article’s title, journal citation, and DOI. Funded by SCOAP3.
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Date deposited:08 January 2019
Date of first online publication:12 July 2018
Date first made open access:08 January 2019

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