Hybrid dynamical electroweak symmetry breaking with heavy quarks and the 125 GeV Higgs boson

Michael Geller*, Shaouly Bar-Shalom, Amarjit Soni

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Existing models of dynamical electroweak symmetry breaking (EWSB) find it very difficult to get a Higgs of mass lighter than mt. Consequently, in light of the LHC discovery of the ∼125 GeV Higgs, such models face a significant obstacle. Moreover, with three generations those models have a superheavy cutoff around 1017 GeV, requiring a significant fine-tuning. To overcome these twin difficulties, we propose a hybrid framework for EWSB, in which the Higgs mechanism is combined with a Nambu-Jona-Lasinio mechanism. The model introduces a strongly coupled doublet of heavy quarks with a mass around 500 GeV, which forms a condensate at a compositeness scale Λ about a few TeV, and an additional unconstrained scalar doublet which behaves as a " fundamental" doublet at Λ. This "fundamental"-like doublet has a vanishing quartic term at Λ and is, therefore, not the SM doublet, but should rather be viewed as a pseudo-Goldstone boson of the underlying strong dynamics. This setup is matched at the compositeness scale Λ to a tightly constrained hybrid two Higgs doublet model, where both the composite and unconstrained scalars participate in EWSB. This allows us to get a good candidate for the recently observed 125 GeV scalar which has properties very similar to the Standard Model Higgs. The heavier (mostly composite) CP-even scalar has a mass around 500 GeV, while the pseudoscalar and the charged Higgs particles have masses in the range 200-300 GeV.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035012
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 25 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


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U.S. Department of Energy


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