Testing CP Properties of Extra Higgs States at the HL-LHC

Extra Higgs states appear in various scenarios beyond the current Standard
Model of elementary particles. If discovered at the LHC or future colliders,
the question will arise whether CP is violated or conserved in the extended
scalar sector. An unambiguous probe of (indirect) CP violation would be the
observation that one of the extra Higgs particles is an admixture of a CP-even
and a CP-odd state. We discuss the possibility to discover scalar CP violation
in this way at the high-luminosity (HL) phase of the LHC. We focus on the
Two-Higgs Doublet Model of type I, where we investigate its currently allowed
parameter region. Considering a benchmark point that is compatible with the
current constraints but within reach of the HL-LHC, we study the prospects of
determining the CP property of an extra neutral Higgs state $H$ via the angular
distribution of final states in the decay $H \to \tau\bar\tau$. The analysis is
performed at the reconstructed level, making use of a Boosted Decision Tree for
efficient signal-background separation and a shape analysis for rejecting a
purely CP-even or odd nature of $H$.

Authors

Stefan Antusch, Oliver Fischer, A. Hammad, Christiane Scherb