Precision Tests and Fine Tuning in Twin Higgs Models

Roberto Contino, Davide Greco, Rakhi Mahbubani, Riccardo Rattazzi, Riccardo Torre

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    We analyze the parametric structure of Twin Higgs (TH) theories and assess the gain in fine tuning which they enable compared to extensions of the Standard Model with colored top partners. Estimates show that, at least in the simplest realizations of the TH idea, the separation between the mass of new colored particles and the electroweak scale is controlled by the coupling strength of the underlying UV theory, and that a parametric gain is achieved only for strongly-coupled dynamics. Motivated by this consideration we focus on one of these simple realizations, namely composite TH theories, and study how well such constructions can reproduce electroweak precision data. The most important effect of the Twin states is found to be the infrared contribution to the Higgs quartic coupling, while direct corrections to electroweak observables are sub-leading and negligible. We perform a careful fit to the electroweak data including the leading-logarithmic corrections to the Higgs quartic up to three loops. Our analysis shows that agreement with electroweak precision tests can be achieved with only a moderate amount of tuning, in the range 5-10\%, in theories where colored states have mass of order 3-5 TeV and are thus out of reach of the LHC. For these levels of tuning, larger masses are excluded by a perturbativity bound, which makes these theories possibly discoverable, hence falsifiable, only at a future 100 TeV collider.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number095036
    JournalPhysical Review D
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2017


    • hep-ph


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