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Quark flavour-violating Higgs decays at the ILC


Helmboldt,  Alexander
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Barducci, D., & Helmboldt, A. (2017). Quark flavour-violating Higgs decays at the ILC. Journal of high energy physics: JHEP, 2017(12): 105. doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2017)105.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0000-BAED-4
Flavour-violating Higgs interactions are suppressed in the Standard Model such that their observation would be a clear sign of new physics. We investigate the prospects for detecting quark flavour-violating Higgs decays in the clean ILC environment. Concentrating on the decay to a bottom and a light quark j, we identify the dominant Standard Model background channels as coming from hadronic Standard Model Higgs decays with mis-identified jets. Therefore, good flavour tagging capabilities are essential to keep the background rate under control. Through a simple cut-based analysis, we find that the most promising search channel is the two-jet plus missing energy signature e(+)e(-) -> bj + is not an element of(T). At 500 GeV, the expected 95% CL upper limit on B (h -> bj) is of order 10(-3). Correspondingly, a 5 sigma discovery is expected to be possible for branching ratios as low as a few 10(-3).