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Type: Journal article
Title: Higgs quark flavor violation: simplified models and status of general Two-Higgs-Doublet Model
Author: Herrero-Garcia, J.
Nebot, M.
Rajec, F.
White, M.
Williams, A.G.
Citation: The Journal of High Energy Physics, 2020; 2020(2):1-38
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 1126-6708
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Juan Herrero-Garcia, Miguel Nebot, Filip Rajec, Martin White and Anthony G. Williams
Abstract: We study quark flavor violating interactions mediated by the Higgs boson h. We consider observables involving a third generation quark, of both the up and the down quark sectors, like h → bs and t → ch. Using an effective field theory approach we systematically list all the possible tree-level ultraviolet completions, which comprise models with vector-like quarks and/or extra scalars. We provide upper bounds on the flavor violating transitions allowed by current limits stemming from low energy processes, such as meson mixing and b → sγ. We find that scenarios with vector-like quarks always have very suppressed flavor-violating transitions, while a general Two-Higgs-Doublet Model may have a sizeable rate. To study the latter case in detail, we perform a full numerical simulation taking into account all relevant theoretical and phenomenological constraints. Our results show that BR(t → ch) [BR(h → bs)] are still allowed at the sub-percent [percent] level, which are being [may be] explored at the LHC [future colliders]. Finally, we have found that the mild mass-splitting discrepancy with respect to the SM in the Bs meson system can be accommodated in the Two-Higgs-Doublet Model. If confirmed, it yields the prediction BR(h → bs) ≃ 10⁻⁴, if the new contribution to the mass-splitting is dominated by tree-level Higgs boson exchange.
Keywords: Phenomenological Models
Description: Published: February 25, 2020
Rights: Open Access, © The Authors. Article funded by SCOAP3. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits any use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP02(2020)147
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