Direct detection of Higgs–portal dark matter at the LHC
Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Université Paris-Sud, 91405, Orsay, France
2 CERN, 1211, Geneva 23, Switzerland
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Revised: 30 April 2013
Published online: 14 June 2013
We consider the process in which a Higgs particle is produced in association with jets and show that monojet searches at the LHC already provide interesting constraints on the invisible decays of a 125 GeV Higgs boson. Using the latest monojet search performed by the CMS collaboration with 4.7 fb−1 of data, we set the 95 % confidence level limit on the invisible Higgs decay rate to be less than the total Higgs rate in the Standard Model. This limit could be significantly improved when more data at higher center of mass energies are collected, provided systematic errors on the Standard Model contribution to the monojet background can be reduced. In the context of Higgs portal models of dark matter, we then discuss how the LHC limits on the invisible Higgs branching fraction impose strong constraints on the dark matter scattering cross section on nucleons probed in direct detection experiments.
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