May 16 – 20, 2022
Europe/Zurich timezone

Prospects for dark boson searches via exotic Higgs decays in Run 3 and high luminosity era of the LHC

May 17, 2022, 7:00 PM
1h
Experimental poster Feeble Interactions BSM Poster Session I

Speaker

Tamer Elkafrawy (Florida Institute of Technology (US))

Description

We investigate the potential reach of a search for a long-lived dark vector boson, a dark $Z$ or $Z_D$, through exotic decays of the standard model (SM) Higgs boson $h$ into either $Z_DZ_D$ or $ZZ_D$. In addition, we study a decay of $h$ into two dark Higgs bosons $h_Dh_D$. We consider the production of the SM Higgs boson at the large hadron collider (LHC) via gluon-gluon fusion and use production cross sections for Run 3 of the LHC (i.e., 14 TeV) calculated to a combination of next-to-next-to-next-to-leading order with QCD corrections (N$^{3}$LO QCD) and next-to-leading order with electroweak corrections (NLO EW) from the literature. The $Z_D$ production through the Higgs portal is completed via one of two mechanisms, kinetic mixing of $Z_D$ with the SM $Z$ boson and the mixing of $h_D$ with $h$. The branching fractions are calculated to NLO and scanned over the relevant mixing parameters and particle masses in Monte Carlo (MC) simulation using the {\textsc{MadGraph5}}_aMC@NLO v2.7.0 framework. We focus on a final state of multiple dimuon pairs, displaced up to \mbox{7500 mm}, where the muons can be reconstructed without vertex constraint using data from the ATLAS and CMS detectors to be collected in Run~3 of the LHC. Integrated luminosities of 300 and 3000 fb$^{-1}$ for Run 3 and High Luminosity (HL), respectively, of the LHC are used for estimating the expected search sensitivity of the LHC to each decay mode. Finally, we investigate the decay lengths of $Z_D$ and $h_D$ in the detectors as well as kinematics of the displaced dimuons in the final state.

Primary author

Tamer Elkafrawy (Florida Institute of Technology (US))

Co-authors

Marcus Hohlmann (Florida Institute of Technology (US)) Mehdi Rahmani (Florida Institute of Technology (US)) Paul Padley (Rice University (US)) Teruki Kamon (Texas A & M University (US)) Hyunyong Kim (Texas A & M University (US))

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