Diffractive Higgs production: myths and realityV.A. Khoze1, 2, A.D. Martin1 and M.G. Ryskin1, 2
1 Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, University of Durham, DH1 3LE, UK
2 Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Gatchina, St. Petersburg, 188300, Russia
(Received: 13 August 2002 / Revised version: 24 September 2002 / Published online: 18 October 2002 )
A critical comparison is made between recent predictions of the cross sections for diffractive Higgs production at the Tevatron and the LHC. We show that the huge spread of the predictions arises either because different diffractive processes are studied or because important effects are overlooked. Exclusive production offers a reliable, viable Higgs signal at the LHC provided that proton taggers are installed.
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