Impersonating the Standard Model Higgs boson: alignment without decoupling

Marcela Carena, Ian Low, Nausheen R. Shah, Carlos E. M. Wagner
2014 Journal of High Energy Physics  
In models with an extended Higgs sector there exists an alignment limit, in which the lightest CP-even Higgs boson mimics the Standard Model Higgs. The alignment limit is commonly associated with the decoupling limit, where all non-standard scalars are significantly heavier than the $Z$ boson. However, alignment can occur irrespective of the mass scale of the rest of the Higgs sector. In this work we discuss the general conditions that lead to "alignment without decoupling", therefore allowing
more » ... therefore allowing for the existence of additional non-standard Higgs bosons at the weak scale. The values of $\tan\beta$ for which this happens are derived in terms of the effective Higgs quartic couplings in general two-Higgs-doublet models as well as in supersymmetric theories, including the MSSM and the NMSSM. Moreover, we study the information encoded in the variations of the SM Higgs-fermion couplings to explore regions in the $m_A - \tan\beta$ parameter space.
doi:10.1007/jhep04(2014)015 fatcat:mbyzqvujynf4da7zs2bluwn5va