Supersymmetric twin Higgs mechanism

Spencer Chang, Lawrence Hall, Neal Weiner

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    We present a supersymmetric realization of the twin Higgs mechanism, which cancels off all contributions to the Higgs mass generated above a scale f. Radiative corrections induced by the top-quark sector lead to a breaking of the twin sector electroweak symmetry at a scale f∼TeV. In our sector, below the scale f, these radiative corrections from the top quark are present but greatly weakened, naturally allowing a Z boson mass an order of magnitude below f, even with a top squark mass of order 1 TeV and a messenger scale near the Planck mass. A sufficient quartic interaction for our Higgs boson arises from the usual gauge contribution together with a radiative contribution from a heavy top squark. The mechanism requires the presence of an SU(2)-adjoint superfield, and can be simply unified. Naturalness in these theories is usually associated with light winos and sleptons, and is largely independent of the scale of the colored particles. The assumption of unification naturally predicts the existence of many exotic fields. The theory often has particles which may be stable on collider time scales, including an additional color octet superfield. In the limit that mSUSYf, the mechanism yields a UV completion of the nonsupersymmetric twin Higgs, with the notable improvement of a tree-level quartic for the standard model Higgs. In this framework, a successful UV completion requires the existence of new charged fields well below the scale f.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number035009
    JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Feb 15 2007

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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