Higgs lepton flavour violation: UV completions and connection to neutrino masses

December 16, 2016
3:00pm to 5:30pm

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room

Specialist level
Nuria Rius

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room


We study lepton violating Higgs (HLFV) decays, first from the effective field theory (EFT) point of view, and then analysing the different high-energy realizations of the operators of the EFT, highlighting the most promising models. We argue why two Higgs doublet models can have a BR(h→τμ)∼0.01, and why this rate is suppressed in all other realizations including vector-like leptons. We further discuss HLFV in the context of neutrino mass models: in most cases it is generated at one loop giving always BR(h→τμ)<10−4 and typically much less, which is beyond experimental reach. However, both the Zee model and extended left-right symmetric models contain extra SU(2)doublets coupled to leptons and could in principle account for the observed excess, with interesting connections between HLFV and neutrino parameters.