Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2011:145 | Cite as

A fat Higgs with a magnetic personality

  • Nathaniel Craig
  • Daniel Stolarski
  • Jesse Thaler


We introduce a novel composite Higgs theory based on confining supersymmetric QCD. Supersymmetric duality plays a key role in this construction, with a “fat” Higgs boson emerging as a dual magnetic degree of freedom charged under the dual magnetic gauge group. Due to spontaneous color-flavor locking in the infrared, the electroweak gauge symmetry is aligned with the dual magnetic gauge group, allowing large Yukawa couplings between elementary matter fields and the composite Higgs. At the same time, this theory exhibits metastable supersymmetry breaking, leading to low-scale gauge mediation via composite messengers. The Higgs boson is heavier than in minimal supersymmetric theories, due to a large F -term quartic coupling as well as small non-decoupling D-terms. This theory predicts quasi-stable TeV-scale pseudo-modulini, some of which are charged under standard model color, possibly giving rise to long-lived R-hadrons at the LHC.


Higgs Physics Supersymmetry and Duality Supersymmetry Breaking Supersymmetric Standard Model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathaniel Craig
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daniel Stolarski
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jesse Thaler
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced StudyPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA
  3. 3.Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics, Department of PhysicsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physics and AstronomyJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  5. 5.Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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