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Higgs portal to dark matter and $B\rightarrow K^{(*)}$ decays

Kachanovich, Aliaksei 1; Nierste, Ulrich 1; Nišandžić, Ivan 1
1 Institut für Theoretische Teilchenphysik (TTP), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


We consider a Higgs portal model in which the 125-GeV Higgs boson mixes with a light singlet mediator h$_{2}$ coupling to particles of a Dark Sector and study potential b→sh$_{2}$ decays in the Belle II experiment. Multiplying the gauge-dependent off-shell Standard-Model b-s-Higgs vertex with the sine of the Higgs mixing angle does not give the correct b-s-h$_{2}$ vertex. We clarify this issue by calculating the b-s-h$_{Zahl}$ vertex in an arbitrary R$_{ξ}$ gauge and demonstrate how the ξ dependence cancels from physical decay rates involving an on-shell or off-shell h$_{2}$. Then we revisit the b→sh$_{2}$ phenomenology and point out that a simultaneous study of B→K∗h$_{2}$ and B→Kh$_{2}$ helps to discriminate between the Higgs portal and alternative models of the Dark Sector. We further advocate for the use of the h$_{2}$ lifetime information contained in displaced-vertex data with h$_{2}$ decaying back to Standard-Model particles to better constrain the h$_{2}$ mass or to reveal additional h$_{2}$ decay modes into long-lived particles.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000124402
Veröffentlicht am 08.10.2020
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-020-8240-z
Zitationen: 17
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Theoretische Teilchenphysik (TTP)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 07.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1434-6044, 1434-6052
KITopen-ID: 1000124402
Erschienen in The European physical journal / C
Verlag Springer-Verlag
Band 80
Heft 7
Seiten Art. Nr.: 669
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 24.07.2020
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