Volume 397 - The Ninth Annual Conference on Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP2021) - Poster Session
Search for $H \rightarrow c \bar{c}$ at a Multi-TeV Muon Collider
P. Mastrapasqua*, A. Colaleo, F. Errico, R. Venditti, A. Zaza  on behalf of the Muon Collider collaboration
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Pre-published on: October 20, 2021
Published on: November 17, 2021
Abstract
A Multi-TeV ($\sqrt{s}$ = 1.5 - 10 TeV) Muon Collider providing $\mathcal{O}(ab^{-1})$ integrated luminosity will be a great opportunity to probe the most intimate nature of the Standard Model (SM) and the Electroweak Symmetry Breaking mechanism, allowing the precise measurement of the Higgs couplings to several SM particles. The study of the Higgs boson couplings to the second generations of fermions is of particular interest due to sensitivity to a whole class of new physics models. It is also true that this measurement is extremely challenging, because of the small branching ratio. Indeed, it is currently not accessible at LHC, where the quantum chromodynamics processes are overwhelming. In this paper it is explored, for the first time, the search for $H \rightarrow c\bar{c}$ at a Multi-TeV Muon Collider. The $\mu^{+} \mu^{-} \rightarrow H \nu\bar{\nu} \rightarrow c\bar{c} \nu\bar{\nu}$ signal process has been fully simulated and reconstructed at $\sqrt{s}=1.5\; TeV$ with a preliminary detector design, along with the main physics backgrounds. The machine background originated from the decay of beam muons, the so-called Beam Induced Background (BIB), is not included in this preliminary study. A c quark-tagging algorithm has been developed, combining several observables in a single discriminator using Machine Learning techniques, with the goal to improve the rejection of jets coming from b-quark and u-d-s-g hadronization. A first estimate of the precision on the Higgs coupling with c-quark reachable with a Muon Collider machine is presented. The relative uncertainty on the coupling at $\sqrt{s}=1.5\; TeV$ is estimated to be 5.5 $\%$. A projection to $\sqrt{s} = 3 \; TeV$ shows that the precision improves with increasing energy, reaching the value of $2.6\%$.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.397.0256
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