A two-Higgs-doublet model : from twisted theory to LHC phenomenology
At the dawn of the Large Hadron Collider era, the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism remains the most appealing theoretical explanation of the electroweak symmetry breaking, despite the fact that the associated fundamental scalar boson has escaped any direct detection attempt. In this thesis, we consider a particular extension of the minimal Brout-Englert-Higgs scalar sector implemented in the Standard Model of strong and electroweak interactions. This extension, which is a specific, "twisted", realisation of the generic two-Higgs-doublet model, is motivated by a relative phase in the definition of the phenomenologically successful CP and custodial symmetries. Considering extensively various theoretical, indirect and direct constraints, this model appears as a viable alternative to more conventional scenarios like supersymmetric models, and gives grounds to largely unexplored possibilities of exotic scalar signatures at present and future collider experiments.
School:Université catholique de Louvain
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:collider phenomenology custodial symmetry higgs mechanism high energy physics
Date of Publication:09/12/2008