Can supersymmetry breaking lead to electroweak symmetry breaking via formation of scalar bound states?

John M. Cornwall, Alexander Kusenko, Lauren Pearce, R. D. Peccei

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The recent discovery of the putative 125 GeV Higgs boson has motivated a number of attempts to reconcile its relatively large mass with the predictions of the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM). Some approaches invoked large trilinear supersymmetry breaking terms At between stops and one of the elementary Higgs fields. We consider the possibility that electroweak symmetry breaking may be triggered by supersymmetry breaking with a large At, large enough to generate a composite field with the same quantum numbers as the Higgs boson and with a non-vanishing vacuum expectation value. In the resulting vacuum, the usual relation between the gauge couplings and the Higgs self-coupling does not apply, and there is no reason to expect the same upper bound on the mass of the lightest Higgs boson. In a simple model where the bound state is assumed to have no mixing with the other fields, we calculate the critical coupling At necessary for symmetry breaking using the lowest-order Bethe-Salpeter (BS) equation. Study of the BS equation is complicated by the structure of its lowest-order kernel, which is a crossed box graph, but we find an accurate approximation to its solution. In a realistic model, the mixing of the bound state with the fundamental Higgs boson creates a symmetry-breaking seesaw. We outline the steps toward a realistic model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-956
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 8 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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