BSM Physics


The Two-Higgs-Doublet model (THDM) is one of the simplest extensions of the Standard Model: no fundamental theorem forbids to add a second scalar doublet to the Standard Model particle zoo. The THDM can offer a solution to problems like the stability of the scalar potential or electroweak baryogenesis, which cannot be solved in the Standard Model. Furthermore, it could be an effective description of more complicated models; especially supersymmetric models should be mentioned here, which necessarily contain two Higgs doublets.

There are several THDM variants with different phenomenological implications. At the moment $\texttt{HEPfit}$ contains the versions which exclude flavour-changing neutral currents at tree-level as well as CP violation in the Higgs sector. In order to fulfil the first demand, an additional softly broken $Z_2$ symmetry is assumed, which can be chosen in four different ways; thus these versions are called type I, type II, type X and type Y. (The THDM of type II contains the scalar Higgs part of supersymmetric models.) The four types only differ in the couplings of the Higgs fields to fermions.

The THDM contains five physical states, two of which are neutral and even under CP transformations, one is neutral and CP-odd, and the remaining two carry the electric charge $\pm$1 and are degenerate in mass. We assume that the 125 GeV resonance measured at the LHC is the lighter CP-even Higgs $h$, while the other particles are labelled $H$, $A$, $H^+$ and $H^-$, respectively. The above-mentioned THDM types contain eight independent parameters in the Higgs potential:

In $\texttt{HEPfit}$, we offer the possibility to apply various constraints on these parameters. In particular, these include: