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The Higgs sector of the phenomenological MSSM in the light of the Higgs boson discovery

By Alexandre Arbey, Marco Battaglia, Abdelhak Djouadi and Farvah Mahmoudi


The long awaited discovery of a new light scalar at the LHC opens up a new era of studies of the Higgs sector in the SM and its extensions. In this paper we discuss the consequences of the observation of a light Higgs boson with the mass and rates reported by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations on the parameter space of the phenomenological MSSM, including also the so far unsuccessful LHC searches for the heavier Higgs bosons and supersymmetric particle partners in missing transverse momentum as well as the constraints from B physics and dark matter. We explore the various regimes of the MSSM Higgs sector depending on the parameters MA and tan beta and show that only two of them are still allowed by all present experimental constraints: the decoupling regime where there is only one light and standard--like Higgs boson and the supersymmetric regime in which there are light supersymmetric particle partners affecting the decay properties of the Higgs boson, in particular its di-photon and invisible decays.Comment: 21 pages, 9 figures v2 - Discussion of the impact of LHC data extended, scan statistics increased, a few figures added and typos correcte

Topics: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1007/JHEP09(2012)107
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