Strong Double Higgs Production at the LHC

Abstract

The hierarchy problem and the electroweak data, together, provide a plausible motivation for considering a light Higgs emerging as a pseudo-Goldstone boson from a strongly-coupled sector. In that scenario, the rates for Higgs production and decay differ significantly from those in the Standard Model. However, one genuine strong coupling signature is the growth with energy of the scattering amplitudes among the Goldstone bosons, the longitudinally polarized vector bosons as well as the Higgs boson itself. The rate for double Higgs production in vector boson fusion is thus enhanced with respect to its negligible rate in the SM. We study that reaction in pp collisions, where the production of two Higgs bosons at high pT is associated with the emission of two forward jets. We concentrate on the decay mode hh → WW (∗)WW (∗) and study the semi-leptonic decay chains of the W ’s with 2, 3 or 4 leptons in the final states. While the 3 lepton final states are the most relevant and can lead to a 3σ signal significance with 300 fb−1 collected at a 14 TeV LHC, the two same-sign lepton final states provide complementary information. We also comment on the prospects for improving the detectability of double Higgs production at the foreseen LHC energy and luminosity upgrades.

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@inproceedings{Contino2010StrongDH, title={Strong Double Higgs Production at the LHC}, author={Roberto Contino and Christophe Grojean and Mauro Moretti and Fulvio Piccinini and Riccardo Rattazzi}, year={2010} }