Can the trilinear Higgs self-coupling be measured
at future linear colliders?
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,
Chilton, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0QX, UK
Received: 20 September 1999 / Published online: 6 March 2000 - © Springer-Verlag 2000
We assess the possibility of measuring the trilinear self-coupling of the Standard Model Higgs boson at future electron-positron linear colliders with centre-of-mass energies between 500 and 1500 GeV. We consider rather light Higgs scalars, with mass below the W+W- threshold, produced in the double Higgs-strahlung channel and decaying via the dominant mode . Assuming ideal vertex tagging of the heavy-quark jets and mass reconstruction of the Z boson produced in association with the Higgs pair, we compare the yield of the above process to those of all irreducible electroweak and strong backgrounds proceeding through a intermediate state. Total cross sections and differential spectra of phenomenological relevance to the selection and analysis of the signal are given and discussed.
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