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Interference effects in BSM Higgs searches

E. Fuchs, G.R. Weiglein

in 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics

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Complex parameters in the MSSM lead to mixing and interference between the two heavier neutral CP-even and CP-odd Higgs bosons.
These effects can become very large in the case of almost degenerate states. In a CP-violating benchmark scenario, we investigate phenomenological implications of such interferences in view of the LHC searches for heavy Higgs bosons decaying to a pair of tau-leptons and produced in gluon fusion and in association with b-quarks. Strongly destructive effects leave parameter regions unconstrained that would be regarded as excluded if no interference terms were taken into account.