Constraints on composite quark partners from higgs searches

Thomas Flacke, Jeong Han Kim, Seung J. Lee, Sung Hak Lim

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In composite Higgs models, the generation of quark masses requires the standard model-like quarks to be partially or fully composite states which are accompanied by composite quark partners. The composite quark partners decay into a standard model-like quark and an electroweak gauge boson or Higgs boson, which can be searched for at the LHC. In this article, we study the phenomenological implications of composite quarks in the minimal composite Higgs model based on the coset SO(5)/SO(4). We focus on light quark partners which are embedded in the SO(4) singlet representation. In this case, a dominant decay mode of the partner quark is into a Higgs boson and a jet, for which no experimental bounds have been established so far. The presence of SO(4) singlet partners leads to an enhancement of the di-Higgs production cross section at the LHC. This will be an interesting experimental signature in the near future, but, unfortunately, there are no direct bounds available yet from the experimental analyses. However, we find that the currently available standard model-like Higgs searches can be used in order to obtain the first constraints on partially and fully composite quark models with light quark partners in the SO(4) singlet. We obtain a flavor-and composition parameter independent bound on the quark partner mass of MUh > 310GeV for partially composite quark models and MUh > 212GeV for fully composite quark models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Beyond Standard Model
  • Higgs Physics
  • Technicolor and Composite Models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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