26-30 March 2012
University of Bonn
Europe/Berlin timezone

Linearly Polarized Gluons and the Higgs Transverse Momentum Distribution

29 Mar 2012, 11:00
Lecture Hall, Institute for Physical Chemistry (University of Bonn)

Lecture Hall, Institute for Physical Chemistry

University of Bonn

Spin physics Spin physics


Mr Wilco den Dunnen (VU University Amsterdam)


We investigate the possible role of linearly polarized gluons in Higgs production from unpolarized pp collisions. The angular independent transverse momentum distribution of the produced Higgs boson is found to exhibit a modulation (max 30%) with respect to the naive, unpolarized expectation, with the sign depending on the CP nature of the Higgs boson. The transverse momentum distribution of a scalar Higgs will, therefore, have a shape clearly different from a pseudo-scalar Higgs. We suggest that this effect can be used to determine the parity of the Higgs at the LHC, without the need to use challenging angular distributions of final state particles.

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Mr Wilco den Dunnen (VU University Amsterdam)


Dr Cristian Pisano (Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Cagliari, and INFN, Sezione di Cagliari) Prof. Daniel Boer (KVI, University of Groningen) Dr Marc Schlegel (Universität Tübingen) Prof. Werner Vogelsang (Universität Tübingen)

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