Natural Alignment in the Two Higgs Doublet Model

As the LHC Higgs data persistently suggest the couplings of the observed 125 GeV Higgs boson to be consistent with the Standard Model (SM) expectations, any extended Higgs sector must lead to the so-called SM alignment limit, where one of the Higgs bosons behaves exactly like that of the SM. In the context of the Two Higgs Doublet Model (2HDM), this alignment is often associated with either decoupling of the heavy Higgs sector or accidental cancellations in the 2HDM potential. We present a novel symmetry justification for `natural' alignment without necessarily decoupling or fine-tuning. We show that there exist only three different symmetry realizations of the natural alignment scenario in 2HDM. We identify the 2HDM parameter space satisfying the natural alignment condition up to the Planck scale. We also analyze new collider signals for the heavy Higgs sector in the natural alignment limit, which dominantly lead to third-generation quarks in the final state and can serve as a useful observational tool during the Run-II phase of the LHC.

Comments: 15 pages, based on a plenary presentation given by A. Pilaftsis at the Fifth Symposium on Prospects in the Physics of Discrete Symmetries (2016, Warsaw, Poland), (significant text overlap with arXiv:1408.3405, arXiv:1503.09140 and arXiv:1510.08790)

Similar Publications

We fit the unfolded data of $\bar{B}^0\rightarrow D^{*+} \ell \overline{\nu}$ from the Belle experiment, where $\ell \equiv e, \mu$, using a method independent of heavy quark symmetry to extrapolate to zero-recoil and extract the value of $|V_{cb}|$. This results in $|V_{cb}| = (41.9^{~+2. Read More


We study the question of whether oscillations between non-relativistic neutrinos or between relativistic and non-relativistic neutrinos are possible. The issues of neutrino production and propagation coherence and their impact on the above question are discussed in detail. It is demonstrated that no neutrino oscillations can occur when neutrinos that are non-relativistic in the laboratory frame are involved, except in a strongly mass-degenerate case. Read More


We present several advances in the effective field theory calculation of the Higgs mass in MSSM scenarios with heavy superparticles. In particular, we compute the dominant two-loop threshold corrections to the quartic Higgs coupling for generic values of the relevant SUSY-breaking parameters, including all contributions controlled by the strong gauge coupling and by the third-family Yukawa couplings. We also study the effects of a representative subset of dimension-six operators in the effective theory valid below the SUSY scale. Read More


Very strong magnetic fields can arise in non-central heavy-ion collisions at ultrarelativistic energies, which may not decay quickly in a conducting plasma. We carry out relativistic magnetohydrodynamics (RMHD) simulations to study the effects of this magnetic field on the evolution of the plasma and on resulting flow fluctuations in the ideal RMHD limit. Our results show that magnetic field leads to enhancement in elliptic flow, though in general effects of magnetic field on elliptic flow are very complex. Read More


We study a left right (LR) extension of the Standard Model (SM) where the Dark Matter (DM) candidate is composed of a set of fermionic Majorana triplets. The DM is stabilized by a remnant $Z_{2}$ symmetry from the breaking of the LR group to the SM. Two simple scenarios where the DM particles plus a certain set of extra fields lead to gauge coupling unification with a low LR scale are explored. Read More


The ingredients for a model with a TeV right-handed scale, gauge coupling unification, and suitable dark matter candidates lie at the heart of left-right symmetry with broken D-parity. After detailing the contents of such a model we explore its dark matter implications and collider signatures. Read More


We study the charmonium spectrum using a complete one gluon exchange approach based on a relativistic $q\bar{q}$ potential model with Dirac spinors in momentum space. Our formulation does not rely on nonrelativistic approximations. We fit the lowest-lying charmonia (below the $D\bar{D}$ threshold) and predict the higher-lying resonances of the spectrum. Read More


It is shown that the neutrino and neutral kaon oscillation processes can be consistently described in quantum field theory using only the mass eigenstates of neutrinos and neutral kaons. The distance-dependent and time-dependent parts of the amplitudes of these processes are calculated and the results turn out to be in accord with those of the standard quantum mechanical description of these processes based on the notion of neutrino flavor states and neutral kaon states with definite strangeness. However, the physical picture of the phenomena changes radically: now there are no oscillations of flavor or definite strangeness states, but, instead of it, there is an interference of amplitudes due to different virtual mass eigenstates. Read More


In this article we study the MSSM with stops and Higgs scalars much lighter than gluinos and squarks of the first two generations. In this setup, one should use an effective field theory with partial supersymmetry in which the gluino and heavy squarks are integrated out in order to connect SUSY parameters (given at a high scale) to observables in the stop sector. In the construction of this effective theory, valid below the gluino mass scale, we take into account $O(\alpha_3)$ and $O(Y_{t,b}^2)$ effects and calculate the matching as well as the renormalization group evolution. Read More


We review the most relevant LHC searches at $\sqrt{s}$ = 8 TeV looking for low mass bosons arising from exotic decay of the Standard Model Higgs and highlighting their impact on both supersymmetric and not supersymmetric Beyond the Standard Model scenarios. Read More