PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 449 - The European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics (EPS-HEP2023) - Joint T03+T10 Dark Matter + Searches for New Physics
Analysis of interference effects in the di-top final state for CP-mixed scalars in extended Higgs sectors
R. Kumar*, H. Bahl and G.R. Weiglein
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Pre-published on: February 14, 2024
Published on: March 21, 2024
Various extensions of the Standard Model predict the existence of additional Higgs bosons. If these additional Higgs bosons are sufficiently heavy, an important search channel is the di-top final state. In this channel, interference contributions between the signal and the corresponding QCD background process are expected to be important. If more than one heavy scalar is present, besides the signal-background interference effects associated with each Higgs boson also important signal-signal interference effects are possible. We perform a comprehensive model-independent analysis of the various interference contributions within a simplified model framework considering two heavy scalars that can mix with each other, taking into account large resonance-type effects arising from loop-level mixing between the scalars. The interference effects are studied with Monte Carlo simulations for the di-top production process at the LHC. We demonstrate that signatures can emerge from these searches that may be unexpected or difficult to interpret.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.449.0057
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