par Dev, Parvati S Bhupal;Mohapatra, Rabindra Nath;Zhang, Yongchao
Référence Nuclear physics. B, 923, page (179-221)
Publication Publié, 2017-10
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : We point out that in generic TeV scale seesaw models for neutrino masses with local B–L symmetry breaking, there is a phenomenologically allowed range of parameters where the Higgs field responsible for B–L symmetry breaking leaves a physical real scalar field with mass around GeV scale. This particle (denoted here by H3) is weakly mixed with the Standard Model Higgs field (h) with mixing θ1≲mH3 /mh, barring fine-tuned cancellation. In the specific case when the B–L symmetry is embedded into the TeV scale left–right seesaw scenario, we show that the bounds on the h–H3 mixing θ1 become further strengthened due to low energy flavor constraints, thus forcing the light H3 to be long lived, with displaced vertex signals at the LHC. The property of left–right TeV scale seesaw models are such that they make the H3 decay to two photons as the dominant mode. This is in contrast with a generic light scalar that mixes with the SM Higgs boson, which could also have leptonic and hadronic decay modes with comparable or larger strength. We discuss the production of this new scalar field at the LHC and show that it leads to testable displaced vertex signals of collimated photon jets, which is a new distinguishing feature of the left–right seesaw model. We also study a simpler version of the model where the SU(2)R breaking scale is much higher than the O(TeV) U(1)B–L breaking scale, in which case the production and decay of H3 proceed differently, but its long lifetime feature is still preserved for a large range of parameters. Thus, the search for such long-lived light scalar particles provides a new way to probe TeV scale seesaw models for neutrino masses at colliders.