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ISRN High Energy Physics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 821915, 12 pages
Research Article

Metastability of an Extended Higgs Model

Department of Nuclear Physics, Faculty of Basic Science, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar 47415-416, Iran

Received 1 August 2012; Accepted 13 September 2012

Academic Editors: M. Della Morte and O. A. Sampayo

Copyright © 2012 A. Tofighi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We consider a singlet extended supersymmetric Higgs model. In the limit of it is possible to unravel the vacuum structure of this model analytically. We span the parameter space of the model. Specially we consider configurations in this space for a Higg’s mass of 125 GeV. We provide a detailed discussion of the issue of metastability of this model.

1. Introduction

The Standard Model (SM) of particle physics suffers from a hierarchy problem. Supersymmetric extensions of this model can solve the hierarchy problem [13]. But such extensions are encountered with a -problem [4, 5]. The bilinear supersymmetric Higgs mass term in the superpotential, where and are one pair of Higgs doublets, does not violate supersymmetry (susy), and gauge symmetry. Then the natural scale for is about Planck scale. However in order to get the weak scale correctly with unnatural cancelation we need to be about TeV scale.

One solution for this so-called problem is to substitute vacuum expectation value (VEV) of an extra gauge singlet field for the parameter . In the past thirty years various singlet extensions of the MSSM has been considered [69].

A singlet extension of MSSM with mirror symmetry is defined by the superpotential [10] In this model Higgs singlet field is coupled to a mirror world (hidden sector) indicated by tildes. And the dot product of the two Higgs doublets is defined by

As we do not consider the possibility that the charged Higgs fields could acquire vacuum expectation values we suppress occurrence of charged Higgs fields. So the product in (1.2) is taken to be equivalent to the product of the neutral fields.

In a recent paper [11] we showed that a true symmetry breaking minimum does not exist. And the model has two critical points, where at these points all first derivatives of the scalar potential with respect to the fields vanish.

Solution 1. Exact susy with Electroweak Symmetry Breaking (EWSB).

Solution 2. Exact susy with no EWSB.

In our analysis we neglected the phases in the Higgs sector. We also did not include the soft susy breaking terms.

In this work we assume that the fields and the parameters in the Lagrangian of the Higgs sector are real. We attempt a phenomenological treatment of extended Higgs model and we give a partial analysis of soft susy breaking terms [12]. The motivation for the present work is as follows.(i)The discovery of a nonzero vacuum energy density  meV4 [13] supports this point of view that we live in a metastable universe destined to ultimately undergo a phase transition to a susy world. So it is of interest to study field theoretical model that exhibit this property, such as an extended susy Higgs model.(ii)To show that a true susy breaking minima is attainable by addition of soft Higgs masses.(iii)Provide a detailed analysis of the parameter space of the model.(iv)And finally to study the nature of phase transition to a future susy universe [1316].

Here a question may arise on the issue of metastability. In order to tunnel to a stable susy vacuum, the susy breaking in the metastable vacuum has to be spontaneous. But the susy breaking is parameterized in this paper with soft-breaking terms, which are an explicit breaking. How can this theory have a truly susy minimum?

The answer is that at present we do not have a good theory of susy breaking in our universe. But it is assumed that spontaneous breaking of supersymmetry occurs in a “hidden sector” of particles that have no (or only) very small coupling to the “visible sector” chiral supermultiplets of MSSM or its extensions.

Within this framework spontaneous symmetry breaking is communicated from the hidden sector where it originates to the observable sector by means of a third set of fields, the mediator, or the messenger fields. This mediation may take through gravity [17] or gauge interactions [18]. Supersymmetry breaking may be mediated by anomaly [19, 20] or extra dimension [21] as well. The result is the effective soft supersymmetry breaking in the visible sector.

Within this picture the appearance of explicit soft supersymmetry breaking terms are as the result of spontaneous supersymmetry breaking in a more fundamental theory.

It is evident when the susy is exact these soft mass terms will vanish. Hence during the transition to an exact susy phase (Solution 1) these soft mass terms will disappear.

In [16] we studied this model for the case of . By utilizing numerical method we found configurations pertinent to an exothermic transition to a future susy universe.

In this work we consider the case of . We find that in this case it is possible to give an analytical treatment of the subject matter.

This paper is organized in the following way. In section two we describe the model. We obtain the critical point condition on the parameters and vevs and we obtain some symmetric solutions. In section three we study the Higgs mass squared matrix of our symmetric solutions. We find the eigenvalues and we obtain the positivity constraints for these eigenvalues analytically. In section four we discuss the transition to a future susy universe. It is found that for the symmetric solution this transition is endothermic. We span over the soft squared masses. And finally in section five we present our conclusions. Technical details and special cases of soft squared masses are treated in the appendices.

2. The Model

The term in the scalar potential in any supersymmetric model is derivable from the superpotential by

So for the neutral fields the term of the scalar potential from the superpotential (1.1) is

The term in the potential , where

Here and are the and gauge couplings. The structure of is similar to except that the Higgs doublet fields in this case belong to the mirror world.

The general structure of soft susy breaking term has a complicated form [13]. Here we only consider the soft mass squared Higgs term, namely,

Hence at the tree level the complete scalar potential of our model is

For simplicity we will ignore phases in the Higgs sector as well. The vacuum expectation values of the Higgs are given by

Similarly for the Higgs in the mirror world we have

By minimizing the scalar potential we obtain with solutions.

Solution 3. and which denotes a broken susy phase with no EWSB.

Solution 4. Here we have moreover . This will correspond to a broken phase with EWSB. But as in this case , we have  GeV. Moreover since , this solution then corresponds to the limit of .

3. Higgs Mass Squared Matrices

In this section we compute the Higgs mass matrices for the solutions.

3.1. Mass Squared Matrix of Solution 3

In the space of , , , , , and this mass squared matrix is obtained from the second derivative of the scalar potential. For simplicity we impose the following conditions on the soft squared masses

The Higgs mass matrix squared matrix for Solution 3 is given by where the elements of the matrix are

We find that the degenerate physical Higgs masses are

The Higgs contribution to the vacuum energy for this solution is

The conditions for this solution to be a true supersymmetry breaking vacuum is(i)the physical Higgs masses be all positive,(ii)the vacuum energy be also positive.

These conditions are satisfied if

3.2. Mass Squared Matrix of Solution 4

The condition of (3.1) for the soft squared masses is implied by this solution. And the Higgs mass squared matrix for this case is where the elements of this matrix are given by

In a previous work we found the eigenvalues of this matrix [11]. The first two eigenvalues are

The third and the fourth eigenvalues satisfy and finally the fifth and the sixth eigenvalues satisfy

If we require that the quantity be positive, then the conditions for the last four eigenvalue to be positive are

4. Metastable Aspects of the Model

To discuss transition from Solution 4 to Solution 1, we consider the equations of motions, for the symmetric solution they are

The Higgs contribution to the vacuum energy for a symmetric solution is

From (4.1) the value of is

From (4.2) the value of is Upon substituting the values of and the vacuum energy of Solution 4 is where

But due to the positivity constraints of the Higgs mass matrix an exothermic phase transition does not occur (see Appendix A for the proof).

For the case of an endothermic transition , the vacuum energy is positive if the values of the satisfy where and are the roots of

We note that and . In Appendix B we show that the region is ruled out by the positivity constraint of the Higgs mass squared matrix, there we also show that .

As noted earlier the experimental value of EWSB requires  GeV.

For the Higgs mass we consider  GeV [22].

In units of a typical solution with positive soft squared masses is

Choosing a larger value for will result in a smaller value for .

Another type of solution when is

The special cases where one of the soft squared masses is zero is treated in Appendix C.

5. Conclusions

For simplicity we did not included phases in the Higgs sector. However by the inclusion of soft squared masses we showed that the model has a rich vacuum structure. For the symmetric solution we discussed the phase transition and we showed it was an endothermic transition. We also provided bounds on the soft squared masses. It will be interesting to consider other solutions of the model. Or consider the case where all the fields in the Higgs sector are complex. We plan to report on these issues in the future.


A. The Case of an Exothermic Phase Transition

Here we show that an exothermic transition from the symmetric solution does not exist.

For the case of an exothermic transition , the vacuum energy is positive if the values of the satisfy and from (4.9) where

The physical Higgs masses are positive if But utilizing (4.5)

So the positivity requirement of the physical Higgs masses becomes

From the values of and we find that . Therefore the condition stated in (A.4) cannot be satisfied for an exothermic transition.

B. The Case of an Endothermic Phase Transition

In this appendix first we show that for an endothermic transition the region is ruled out by the positivity constraints of the Higgs squared mass matrix. The form of the positivity condition is identical to that of (A.4). But in this region again . Therefore the first term in the left hand side of this equation is negative. By using (4.5) it is easy to see that for an endothermic transition the second term in the left hand side is negative as well. But depending on the choice of the parameters of the model the right hand is always positive (either for plus sign or minus sign). Hence the values are not acceptable.

Here we prove that the negative values of are not permitted in an endothermic transition. First we assume and then from the equations of motion we calculate and and finally we show that the positivity constraints for the Higgs mass squared matrix is violated. From (4.5) we obtain

So for an endothermic transition and assuming a negative value for we have

From this expression the allowed range of is where

Combining this result with similar constraint from the positivity of Higgs vacuum energy we obtain as . For an endothermic transition the values of and are greater than unity and in the domain of (B.5) the quantity has positive value.

Next we consider the case of . From (4.4) we see that the value of is positive. So for negative value of and from the equation of motion we find

Now if we substitute the upper bound of the quantity in the physical Higgs mass constraint we get but the second term in the left hand side of (B.7) is negative, and upon substituting the value of in the right hand side of this expression we find that the physical Higgs mass constraint is violated. Similar result holds for case. So negative values of are not allowed.

C. Special Cases of Soft Squared Masses

In this appendix we study the model with vanishing or vanishing .

When from equations of motions we find with solutions

The Higgs vacuum energy in this situation is

We note that when we have . The condition for the positivity of Higgs mass squared matrix is in previous we have shown that for an endothermic transition this condition is satisfied. Hence this solution corresponds to an exact susy with broken EWSB.

However we see that the solution cannot satisfy the positivity of Higgs mass squared matrix for this case which is therefore this value of does not correspond to a true minimum.

When , the Higgs vacuum energy will be

This energy is positive if . Therefore this case corresponds to an endothermic transition.

Again we consider  GeV. An acceptable configuration for in this case is


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