Towards a new approximation for pair-production and associated-production of the Higgs boson

16 Jan 2019  ·  Xu Xiaofeng, Yang Li Lin ·

We propose that loop integrals with internal heavy particles can be evaluated by expanding in the limit of small external masses. This provides a systematically improvable approximation to the integrals in the entire phase space, and works particularly well for the high energy tails of kinematic distributions (where the usual $1/M$ expansions cease to be valid)... We demonstrate our method using Higgs boson pair production as an example. We find that at both one-loop and two-loop, our method provides good approximations to the integrals appearing in the scattering amplitudes. Comparing to existing expansion methods, our method are not restricted to a special phase space region. Combining our efficient method to compute the two-loop amplitude with an infrared subtraction method for the real emission corrections, we expect to have a fast and reliable tool to calculate the differential cross sections for Higgs boson pair production. This will be useful for phenomenological studies and for the extraction of the Higgs self-coupling from future experimental data. Our method can also be applied to other processes, such as the associated production of the Higgs boson with a jet or a $Z$ boson. read more

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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology