Leptonic Scalars at the LHC

15 Jul 2020  ·  de Gouvêa André, Dev P. S. Bhupal, Dutta Bhaskar, Ghosh Tathagata, Han Tao, Zhang Yongchao ·

We explore the collider prospects of neutrino non-standard interaction with a Standard Model (SM) gauge-singlet leptonic scalar $\phi$ carrying two units of lepton-number-charge. These leptonic scalars are forbidden from interacting with the SM fermions at the renormalizable level and, if one allows for higher-dimensional operators, couple predominantly to SM neutrinos... For masses at or below the electroweak scale, $\phi$ decays exclusively into neutrinos. Its characteristic production signature at hadron collider experiments like the LHC would be via the vector boson fusion process and leads to same-sign dileptons, two forward jets in opposite hemispheres, and missing transverse energy, i.e., $pp \to \ell_\alpha^\pm \ell_\beta^\pm jj + E_T^{\rm miss}$ ($\alpha,\, \beta = e,\, \mu, \tau$). Exploiting the final states of electrons and muons, we estimate, for the first time, the sensitivity of the LHC to these lepton-number-charged scalars. We show that the LHC sensitivity is largely complementary to that of low-energy precision measurements of the decays of charged leptons, charged mesons, $W$, $Z$ and the SM Higgs boson, as well as the neutrino beam experiments like MINOS, and searches for neutrino self-interactions at IceCube and in cosmological observations. For $\phi$ mass larger than roughly 10 GeV, our projected LHC sensitivity would surpass all existing bounds. read more

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