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Direct detection of Higgs–portal dark matter at the LHC

Abstract : We consider the process in which a Higgs particle is produced in association with jets and show that monojet searches at the LHC already provide interesting constraints on the invisible decays of a 125 GeV Higgs boson. Using the existing monojet searches performed by CMS and ATLAS, we show the 95% confidence level limit on the invisible Higgs decay rate is of the order of the total Higgs production rate in the Standard Model. This limit could be significantly improved when more data at higher center of mass energies are collected, provided systematic errors on the Standard Model contribution to the monojet background can be reduced. We also compare these direct constraints on the invisible rate with indirect ones based on measuring the Higgs rates in visible channels. In the context of Higgs portal models of dark matter, we then discuss how the LHC limits on the invisible Higgs branching fraction impose strong constraints on the dark matter scattering cross section on nucleons probed in direct detection experiments.
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Abdelhak Djouadi, Adam Falkowski, Y. Mambrini, Jeremie Quevillon. Direct detection of Higgs–portal dark matter at the LHC. European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2013, 73 (6), ⟨10.1140/epjc/s10052-013-2455-1⟩. ⟨hal-02105412⟩



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