We reanalyze the effective field theory approach for the scenario in which the particles that account for the dark matter (DM) in the universe are vector states that interact only or mainly through the Standard Model-like Higgs boson observed at the LHC. This model-independent and simple approach, with a minimal set of new input parameters, is widely used as a benchmark in DM searches and studies in astroparticle and collider physics. We show that this effective theory could be the limiting case of ultraviolet complete models, taking as an example the one based on a spontaneously broken U(1) gauge symmetry that incorporates a dark gauge boson and an additional scalar that mixes with the standard Higgs boson. Hence, despite the presence of the new degrees of freedom, measurements of the invisible decay branching ratio of the Higgs boson, as performed at colliders such as the CERN LHC, can be interpreted consistently in such an effective framework and can be made complementary to results of DM searches in direct detection experiments.

The Higgs-portal for vector dark matter and the effective field theory approach: A reappraisal

Arcadi G.;
2020

Abstract

We reanalyze the effective field theory approach for the scenario in which the particles that account for the dark matter (DM) in the universe are vector states that interact only or mainly through the Standard Model-like Higgs boson observed at the LHC. This model-independent and simple approach, with a minimal set of new input parameters, is widely used as a benchmark in DM searches and studies in astroparticle and collider physics. We show that this effective theory could be the limiting case of ultraviolet complete models, taking as an example the one based on a spontaneously broken U(1) gauge symmetry that incorporates a dark gauge boson and an additional scalar that mixes with the standard Higgs boson. Hence, despite the presence of the new degrees of freedom, measurements of the invisible decay branching ratio of the Higgs boson, as performed at colliders such as the CERN LHC, can be interpreted consistently in such an effective framework and can be made complementary to results of DM searches in direct detection experiments.
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