Testing the charge-radius coupling of composite Goldstone (Higgs) bosons at hadron colliders
University of Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 69001, Lyon, France
2 Institut de Physique des 2 Infinis de Lyon (IP2I), UMR5822, CNRS/IN2P3, 69622, Villeurbanne Cedex, France
3 Shah and Anchor Kutchhi Engineering College, 400088, Mumbai, India
4 School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University, 562125, Sarjapura, Bengaluru, India
Accepted: 7 November 2022
Published online: 24 November 2022
We explore the collider relevance of a charge-radius coupling among light mesons in composite Higgs models. In particular, we focus of a coupling of the photon to the composite Higgs and a composite singlet, arising from isospin violation in the underlying theory. This coupling offers a deep probe of the composite nature of the Higgs mechanism, being sensitive to the electromagnetic and weak isospin structure of its constituents. The main collider effect consists in the production of the Higgs boson in association with a light composite pseudo-scalar. We present an exploratory cut-and-count analysis at hadron colliders, like the LHC, showing that an efficient background suppression can be achieved. More sophisticated techniques, however, are necessary to select a sufficient number of signal events, due to the small production rates. This justifies further investigation of this channel, which is highly complementary to other searches for compositeness in the Higgs sector.
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