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Higgs production from sterile neutrinos at future lepton colliders

  • Stefan Antusch
  • Eros Cazzato
  • Oliver Fischer
Open Access
Regular Article - Theoretical Physics

Abstract

In scenarios with sterile (right-handed) neutrinos that are subject to an approximate “lepton-number-like” symmetry, the heavy neutrinos (i.e. the mass eigenstates) can have masses around the electroweak scale and couple to the Higgs boson with, in principle, unsuppressed Yukawa couplings while accounting for the smallness of the light neutrinos’ masses. In these scenarios, the on-shell production of heavy neutrinos and their subsequent decays into a light neutrino and a Higgs boson constitutes a hitherto unstudied resonant contribution to the Higgs production mechanism. We investigate the relevance of this resonant mono-Higgs production mechanism in leptonic collisions, including thepresent experimental constraints on the neutrino Yukawa couplings, and we determine the sensitivity of future lepton colliders to the heavy neutrinos. With Monte Carlo event sampling and a simulation of the detector response we find that, at future lepton colliders, neutrino Yukawa couplings below the percent level can lead to observable deviations from the SM and, furthermore, the sensitivity improves with higher center-of-mass energies (for identical integrated luminosities).

Keywords

Beyond Standard Model Higgs Physics Neutrino Physics 

Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut)MünchenGermany

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