Simplified dark matter models with two Higgs doublets: I. Pseudoscalar mediators

Journal of High Energy Physics, May 2017

We study a new class of renormalisable simplified models for dark matter searches at the LHC that are based on two Higgs doublet models with an additional pseudoscalar mediator. In contrast to the spin-0 simplified models employed in analyses of Run I data these models are self-consistent, unitary and bounds from Higgs physics typically pose no constraints. Predictions for various missing transverse energy (E T,miss) searches are discussed and the reach of the 13 TeV LHC is explored. It is found that the proposed models provide a rich spectrum of complementary observables that lead to non-trivial constraints. We emphasise in this context the sensitivity of the \( t\overline{t}+{E_T}_{,\mathrm{miss}} \), mono-Z and mono-Higgs channels, which yield stronger limits than mono-jet searches in large parts of the parameter space. Constraints from spin-0 resonance searches, electroweak precision measurements and flavour observables are also derived and shown to provide further important handles to constraint and to test the considered dark matter models.

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Simplified dark matter models with two Higgs doublets: I. Pseudoscalar mediators

Received: February models with two Higgs doublets: I. Pseudoscalar mediators Martin Bauer 0 1 2 5 Ulrich Haisch 0 1 2 3 4 5 Felix Kahlhoefer 0 1 2 5 Open Access 0 1 2 5 c The Authors. 0 1 2 5 0 Notkestra e 85 , D-22607 Hamburg , Germany 1 CH-1211 Geneva 23 , Switzerland 2 Philosophenweg 16 , 69120 Heidelberg , Germany 3 Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford 4 CERN, Theoretical Physics Department 5 [50] LHCb, CMS collaboration, V. Khachatryan et al., Observation of the rare B We study a new class of renormalisable simpli ed models for dark matter searches at the LHC that are based on two Higgs doublet models with an additional pseudoscalar mediator. In contrast to the spin-0 simpli ed models employed in analyses of Run I data these models are self-consistent, unitary and bounds from Higgs physics typically pose no constraints. Predictions for various missing transverse energy (ET;miss) searches are discussed and the reach of the 13 TeV LHC is explored. It is found that the proposed models provide a rich spectrum of complementary observables that lead to non-trivial constraints. We emphasise in this context the sensitivity of the tt + ET;miss, mono-Z and mono-Higgs channels, which yield stronger limits than mono-jet searches in large parts of the parameter space. Constraints from spin-0 resonance searches, electroweak precision measurements and avour observables are also derived and shown to provide further important handles to constraint and to test the considered dark matter models. matter; Higgs; mediators; aInstitut fur Theoretische Physik; Universitat Heidelberg 1 Introduction 2 3 2.1 Mono-jet channel 5.2 tt=bb + ET;miss channels Mono-Z channel Mono-Higgs channel Mono-W channel Numerical results Signal generation Background estimates 6.3 Interference e ects LHC Run II reach THDM plus pseudoscalar extensions Anatomy of the parameter space Alignment/decoupling limit Yukawa assignments Flavour constraints EW precision constraints Perturbativity and unitarity Partial decay widths and branching ratios Lighter pseudoscalar a Lighter scalar h Heavier scalar H Heavier pseudoscalar A Charged scalar H Anatomy of mono-X signatures Simpli ed models of dark matter (DM) and a single mediator overcome many of the shortcomings of DM e ective eld theories, but remain general enough to represent a large class of popular theories of DM (see the reviews [1{3] for a complete list of references). In particular, including contributions from on-shell production of the mediators allows to capture the full kinematics of DM production at colliders, making meaningful comparisons with bounds from direct and indirect detection experiments possible. In simpli ed DM models the interactions between the mediators and the Standard Model (SM) fermions are usually written as gauge or Yukawa couplings of mass dimension four. In many cases these interactions are however only apparently renormalisable, because in a full SU(2)L U(1)Y gauge-invariant theory they in fact arise from higher-dimensional operators or they signal the presence of additional particles or couplings that are needed to restore gauge invariance [4{9]. These features can lead to parameter regions which are theoretically inaccessible or to misleading/unphysical predictions often related to unitarity violation. Models in which the mediators mix with the SM bosons avoid such inconsistencies. The existing LEP and LHC measurements of the Z-boson and Higgs-boson properties however severely restrict the corresponding mixing angles, and as a result classic ET;miss searches like mono-jets are typically not the leading collider constraints in this class of simpli ed DM models [6, 10, 11]. In this article, we study a new class of simpli ed DM models for spin-0 mediators based on two Higgs doublet models (THDMs), which are an essential ingredient of many wellmotivated theories beyond the SM. In contrast to inert THDMs, where the DM particle is the lightest neutral component of the second Higgs doublet and is stabilised by an adhoc Z2 symmetry [12{15], our focus is on the case where the DM candidate is a SM singlet fermion. To couple the DM particle to the SM, we introduce a new spin-0 mediator, which mixes dominantly with the scalar or pseudoscalar partners of the SM Higgs. In this way constraints from Higgs signal strength measurements [16] can be satis ed and one obtains a framework in which all operators are gauge invariant and renormalisable. In what follows we will explore the phenomenology of pseudoscalar mediators, while scalar portals will be discussed in detail in an accompanying paper [17] (see also [18]). Pseudoscalar mediators have the obvious advantage of avoiding constraints from DM directdetection experiments, so that the observed DM relic abundance can be reproduced in large regions of parameter space and LHC searches are particularly relevant to test these models. Similar investigations of THDM plus pseudoscalar simpli ed DM models have been presented in [19{21]. Whenever indicated we will highlight the similarities and di erences between these and our work. The mono-X phenomenology of the considered simpli ed pseudoscalar models turns out to be surprisingly rich. We examine the constraints from searches for j +ET;miss [22, 23], present projections for the 13 TeV LHC. In particular, we provide benchmark scenarios that are consistent with bounds from electroweak (EW) precision, avour and Higgs observables including invisible decays [37, 38]. For the simpli ed pseudoscalar model recommended by h + ET;miss (right) signal in the simpli ed pseudoscalar model considered in our work. The exchanged spin-0 particles are of scalar (H) or pseudoscalar (a; A) type. Further Feynman graphs that contribute to the di erent mono-X channels can be found in gures 7 to 11. the ATLAS/CMS DM Forum (DMF) [3] constraints from mono-jet searches dominate throughout the parameter space [39], whereas for the model considered here tt + ET;miss, mono-Z and mono-Higgs searches yield competitive bounds and often provide the leading constraints. See gure 1 for an illustration of the various ET;miss processes that are of most interest in our simpli ed model. This complementarity of di erent searches is the result of the consistent treatment of the scalar sector, inducing gauge and trilinear scalar couplings of the mediator beyond the ones present in the DMF pseudoscalar model. It is particularly appealing that the Z + ET;miss and h + ET;miss signatures are strongest in the theoretically best motivated region of parameter space, where the couplings of the light Higgs are SM-like. In this region of parameter space, couplings of the new scalar states to SM gauge bosons are strongly suppressed and play no role in the phenomenology, leading to gluon-fusion dominated production and a very predictive pattern of branching ratios. In consequence, a complementary search strategy can be advised, with the exciting possibility to observe DM simultaneously in a number of di erent channels, some of which are not limited by systematic errors and can be improved by statistics even beyond 300 fb 1 of luminosity. The importance of di-top resonance searches [40, 41] to probe neutral spin-0 states with masses above the tt threshold is also stressed, and it is pointed out that for model realisations with a light scalar partner of the SM Higgs, di-tau resonance searches should provide relevant constraints in the near future. We nally comment on the impact of bottom-quark (bb) initiated production. This paper is structured as follows. In section 2 we describe the class of simpli ed DM models that we will study throughout our work, while section 3 contains a comprehensive review of the non-ET;miss constraints that have to be satis ed in order to make a given model realisation phenomenologically viable. The partial decay widths and the branching ratios of the spin-0 particles arising in the considered simpli ed DM models are studied in section 4. The most important features of the resulting ET;miss phenomenology are described in section 5. In section 6 we nally present the numerical results of our analyses providing summary plots of the mono-X constraints for several benchmark scenarios. The result-oriented reader might want to skip directly to this section. Our conclusions and a brief outlook are given in section 7. In this section we describe the structure of the simpli ed DM model with a pseudoscalar mediator. We start with the scalar potential and then consider the Yukawa sector. In both cases we will point out which are the new parameters corresponding to the interactions Scalar potential The tree-level THDM scalar potential that we will consider throughout this paper is given by the following expression (see for example [42, 43]) VH = 1H1yH1 + 2H2yH2 + 3H1yH2 + h:c: + 1 H1yH1 5 H1yH2 Here we have imposed a Z2 symmetry under which H1 ! H1 and H2 ! H2 to suppress avour-changing neutral currents (FCNCs), but allowed for this discrete symmetry to be softly broken by the term 3H1yH2 + h:c: The vacuum expectation values (VEVs) of the that the mass-squared terms j , the quartic couplings k and the VEVs are all real and as a result the scalar potential as given in (2.1) is CP conserving. The three physical neutral Higgses that emerge from VH are in such a case both mass and CP eigenstates. The most economic way to couple fermionic DM to the SM through pseudoscalar exchange is by mixing a CP-odd mediator P with the CP-odd Higgs that arises from (2.1). This can be achieved by considering the following interaction terms VP = m2P P 2 + P ibP H1yH2 + h:c: + P 2 where mP and bP are parameters with dimensions of mass. We assume that VP does not break CP and thus take bP to be real in the following. In this case P does not develop a VEV and remains a pure CP eigenstate. Nevertheless, this term does lead to a soft breaking of the Z2 symmetry. Notice that compared to [19{21] which include only the trilinear portal coupling bP , we also allow for quartic portal interactions proportional to A quartic self-coupling of the form P 4 has instead not been included in (2.2), as it does not lead to any relevant e ect in the observables studied in our paper. The interactions in the scalar potential (2.1) mix the neutral CP-even weak eigenstates and we denote the corresponding mixing angle by . The portal coupling bP appearing in (2.2) instead mixes the two neutral CP-odd weak eigenstates with representing the associated mixing angle. The resulting CP-even mass eigenstates will be denoted by h and H, while in the CP-odd sector the states will be called A and a, where a denotes the extra degree of freedom not present in THDMs. The scalar spectrum also contains two charged mass eigenstates H of identical mass. Diagonalising the mass-squared matrices of the scalar states leads to relations between the fundamental parameters entering VH and VP . These relations allow to trade the parameters mP , 1 , 5 for sines and cosines of mixing angles, VEVs and the masses of the physical Higgses. This procedure ensures in addition that the scalar potential is positive de nite and that the vacuum solution is an absolute minimum. In the broken EW phase the physics of (2.1) and (2.2) is hence fully captured by the angles , , , the EW VEV v, the quartic couplings 3 , P 1, P 2 and the masses Mh, MH , MA, MH , Ma. We will use these parameters as input in our analysis. The couplings between the scalars and the SM fermions are restricted by the stringent experimental limits on avour observables. A necessary and su cient condition to avoid FCNCs associated to neutral Higgs tree-level exchange is that not more than one of the Higgs doublets couples to fermions of a given charge [44, 45]. This so-called natural avour conservation hypothesis is automatically enforced by the aforementioned Z2 symmetry acting on the doublets, if the right-handed fermion singlets transform accordingly. The Yukawa couplings are explicitly given by LY = QYuiH~iuR + QYdiHidR + LY`iHi`R + h:c: : Here Yfi are Yukawa matrices acting on the three fermion generations and we have sup avour indices, Q and L are left-handed quark and lepton doublets, while uR, dR and `R are right-handed up-type quark, down-type quark and charged lepton singlets, respectively. Finally, H~i = denoting the two-dimensional antisymmetric tensor. The natural avour conservation hypothesis can be satis ed by four discrete assignments, where by convention up-type quarks are always taken to couple to H2: Yu1 = Y1d = Y1` = 0 ; (type I) ; Yu1 = Y2d = Y2` = 0 ; (type II) ; Yu1 = Y1d = Y2` = 0 ; (type III) ; Yu1 = Y2d = Y1` = 0 ; (type IV) : The dependence of our results on the choice of the Yukawa sector will be discussed in some detail in the next section. operators this leaves Taking DM to be a Dirac fermion a separate Z2 symmetry under which can be used to forbid a coupling of the form LH~1 R + h:c: At the level of renormalisable as the only possibility to couple the pseudoscalar mediator P to DM. In order to not violate CP we require the dark sector Yukawa coupling y to be real. The parameter y and the DM mass m are further input parameters in our analysis. In this section we examine the anatomy of the parameter space of the model introduced above and discuss a number of important simpli cations. We brie y explain the alignment/decoupling limit and describe the dependence of the predictions on the choice of Yukawa sector. The constraints on the mixing angles, quartic couplings and Higgs masses from spin-0 resonance searches, avour physics, EW precision measurements, perturbativity and unitarity are also elucidated. Alignment/decoupling limit After EW symmetry breaking the kinetic terms of the Higgs elds Hi lead to interactions between the CP-even mass eigenstates and the massive EW gauge bosons. These interactions take the form In order to simplify the further analysis, we concentrate on the well-motivated alignment/decoupling limit of the THDM where =2. In this case sin ( ) = 1 meaning that the eld h has SM-like EW gauge boson couplings. It can therefore be identi ed with the boson of mass Mh ' 125 GeV discovered at the LHC and the constraints from the Run I combination of the ATLAS and CMS measurements of the Higgs boson production and decay rates to SM nal states [16] are readily ful lled. Notice that in the alignment/decoupling limit the scalar H does not interact with W -boson or Z-boson pairs at tree level because in this limit one has cos ( ) = 0. Yukawa assignments Working in the alignment/decoupling limit the fermion-scalar interactions most relevant for the further discussion are given by pyt2 Vtb tMH+ tR bL + pyb2 Vtb bMH+ tL bR + h:c: sin A + cos a where yf = Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa (CKM) matrix. The couplings fM encode the dependence on the choice of Yukawa sector (2.4). In terms of tan tI = bI = I = tII = bII = II = tan ; (type II) ; III = tan ; Since the production of the pseudoscalar mediator a as well as pp ! h; H; A is driven by top-quark loops that enter the gluon-fusion (gg) channel at the LHC (see for instance [46] for a discussion in the context of ET;miss searches) we will in the following focus on the region of small tan . In this limit the couplings of H; A; a to down-type quarks and charged leptons in (3.2) are strongly Yukawa suppressed irrespectively of the chosen Yukawa assignment (3.3). As a result existing bounds on the neutral scalar masses from observables such as Bs ! are within experimental limits [50] even for a light scalar spectrum. that are known to receive tan enhanced corrections [49] Di-tau searches (pp ! H) BR (H ! In order to understand whether the existing LHC searches for heavy neutral Higgses in fermionic nal states such as f f = ; bb pose constraints on the low tan region of our simpli ed model, it is important to realise that while the pseudoscalars A and a couple both are open, the discovery potential for H ! f f is therefore generically larger than that for the corresponding pseudoscalar modes. In fact, the constraints from pp ! H ! f f are most stringent for model realisations with MH < 2mt and Ma > max (MH MZ ; MH =2), so that the decays H ! aZ are kinematically forbidden and in consequence H is forced to decay to light SM fermions (see section 4.3). The typical restrictions that result from LHC searches for heavy scalars can be illus ) < 0:4 pb [47, 48] that is based on 13 fb 1 of 13 TeV data. Using the next-to-next-to-next-to-leading order results [51] for inclusive H production in gluon fusion, we then nd that the current di-tau searches only exclude a narrow sliver of parameters in the Ma{ tan plane with 0:55 . tan . 0:65 and Ma & 210 GeV in the case of a Yukawa sector of type II. A reduction of the quoted upper limit on the production cross section times branching ratio to 0:2 pb would however improve the range of excluded tan values to 0:3 . tan . 1:2. As we will see in section 6.4, such a constraint would be very = O(1) and MH ' Ma ' 300 GeV turns out valuable because probing models with tan to be di cult by other means. Di-top searches Heavy scalar and pseudoscalar bosons decaying dominantly into top-quark pairs can be searched for by studying the resulting tt invariant mass spectra mtt. In contrast to di-top searches for spin-1 or spin-2 states, a peak in the mtt distribution that one generically expects in the narrow-width approximation (NWA) is however not the only signature of a background which at the LHC is mainly generated by the gluon-fusion channel gg ! tt. The signal-background interference will depend on the CP nature of the intermediate spin0 boson, its mass and its total decay width. The observed interference pattern can be either constructive or destructive, leading to a rather complex signature with a peak-dip interesting but challenging opportunity for hadron colliders to search for additional spin-0 bosons (see for instance [54, 55] for recent phenomenological discussions). The rst LHC analysis that takes into account interference e ects between the signal is based on 20:3 fb 1 of 8 TeV LHC data and considers the mtt spectrum in with a single charged lepton (electron or muon), large ET;miss and at least four jets. The search results are interpreted in the context of a pure THDM of type II for two di erent mass points and employ the alignment/decoupling limit, i.e. sin ( ) = 1. For a neutral scalar H (pseudoscalar A) with a mass of 500 GeV, the ATLAS analysis excludes the parameter values tan < 0:45 (tan < 0:85) at the 95% CL, while for the 750 GeV mass point no meaningful constraint on tan can be set. Recasting these limits into bounds on the parameter space of spin-0 simpli ed DM models is straightforward [41] and we will analyse the resulting restrictions on our model in section 6.4. Flavour constraints Indirect constraints on the charged Higgs-boson mass MH arise from Z ! bb [56{58], B ! Xs [59{61] and Bq{Bq mixing [62{65] since the latter processes receive corrections from the H+ tR bL + h:c: and H+ tL bR + h:c: terms in (3.2). We nd that B ! Xs provides the strongest indirect constraint on MH for small tan values in models of type I and III at present, while Bs{Bs oscillations represent the leading indirect constraint in the other two cases. For MH = 750 GeV we obtain the bound tan & 0:8 from a combination of B-meson physics observables irrespective of the choice of the Yukawa sector. A modelindependent lower limit of tan & 0:3 can also be obtained from the requirement that the top-quark Yukawa coupling remains perturbative [43]. The latest LHC search limits on the charged Higgs mass in the pp ! tbH ! tb) channel [66, 67] are satis ed & 0:2 if MH EW precision constraints A scalar potential with two doublets such as the one introduced in (2.1) leads to additional Higgs interactions compared to the SM, which can violate the custodial symmetry present in the SM Higgs sector. It can be shown [68{72] that the tree-level potential VH is custodially invariant for MA = MH or MH = MH . Only in these two cases can H or A have a sizeable mass splitting from the rest of the Higgses without being in con ict with EW precision measurements, most importantly . Since the potential (2.2) mixes the pseudoscalar degree of freedom in Hi with P , in the theory described by VH + VP there are however additional sources of custodial symmetry breaking compared to the case of the extended scalar sector gives rise to the following one-loop correction 1 + f (MH ; Ma; MH ) + f (Ma; MH ; MH ) sin2 ; f (m1; m2; m3) = ! 0 in which the two CP-odd weak eigenstates are also mass eigenstates or if the scalar mass spectrum is fully degenerate. In the alignby VH + VP and as a result one has = 0 at the one-loop level. are subject to the In order to derive the resulting constraints in the former case, we employ the 95% CL bound which corresponds to the value extracted in [73] from a simultaneous determination of the Peskin-Takeuchi parameters S, T and U . The fact that (3.4) is proportional to the product of mass di erences MH MH and MH Ma as well as sin2 implies that the existing EW precision data allow to set stringent bounds on sin if the relevant mass splittings in the scalar sector are sizeable. Taking for instance MH = 750 GeV and Ma = 65 GeV, we < 0:35 (sin has to be satis ed in order to be compatible with (3.6). We will see in section 4.3 that the restrictions on sin can have a visible impact on the decay pattern of the scalar H, which in turn a ects the mono-Z phenomenology discussed in section 6.4. Perturbativity and unitarity Perturbativity [74, 75] and unitarity [76{79] also put restrictions on the scalar masses and the magnitudes and signs of the quartic couplings. In our numerical analysis we will restrict our attention to the parameter space that satis es MH ; MA; Ma P 2 of O(1) or below. For such input parameter choices all constraints discussed in this section are satis ed if tan is not too far below 1. We also only consider parameters for which the total decay widths of H and A are su ciently upper limit on the mass of the charged Higgs boson that is often stronger than bounds = O(1 TeV) and from perturbativity. Partial decay widths and branching ratios This section is devoted to the discussion of the partial decay widths and the branching ratios of the spin-0 particles arising in the simpli ed DM model introduced in section 2. For concreteness we will focus on the alignment/decoupling limit of the theory. We will furthermore pay special attention to the parameter space with a light DM particle, small values of tan and scalar spectra where the new pseudoscalar a and the scalar h are the lightest degrees of freedom. Lighter pseudoscalar a As a result of CP conservation the eld a has no couplings of the form aW +W , aZZ and ahh. In contrast the ahZ vertex is allowed by CP symmetry but vanishes in the alignment/decoupling limit. At tree level the pseudoscalar a can thus only decay into DM particles and SM fermions. The corresponding partial decay widths are given by ) = a ! f f = =a cos2 ; where i=a = p1 colour factor for quarks (leptons) and the explicit expressions for the couplings fM can be found in (3.3). At the loop level the pseudoscalar a can also decay to gauge bosons. The largest partial decay width is the one to gluon pairs. It takes the form (a ! gg) = qM f ( q=a) sin2 ; f ( ) = right plot the ratio BR (a ! the di erent choice of sin . Lighter scalar h For small tan and non-zero values of sin the couplings of a to DM and top quarks dominate over all other couplings. As a result, the decay pattern of a is in general very simple. This is illustrated in the panels of gure 2 for two di erent choices of parameter sets. The left panel shows the branching ratio of a for a very light DM particle with m = 1 GeV. One observes that below the tt threshold one has BR (a ! ) = 100% while for Ma > 2mt both decays to DM and top-quarks pairs are relevant. In fact, su ciently far above the tt threshold one obtains BR (a ! ) =BR (a ! tt) ' 0:7 y2 tan2 = tan2 independent of the speci c realisation of the Yukawa sector. In the right panel we present our results for a DM = 100 GeV. In this case we see that below the threshold the pseudoscalar a decays dominantly into bottom-quark pairs but that also the branching ratios to taus and gluons exceed the percent level. Compared to the left plot one also observes that in the For su ciently heavy pseudoscalars a the decay pattern of h resembles that of the SM as indicated in the headline of the plots. The other relevant parameters have been set to tan = 1, MH = MA = MH = 750 GeV and y = 1. Notice that for this speci c tan value the branching ratios of the pseudoscalar a do not depend on the choice of Yukawa sector. to two on-shell a mediators are possible. The corresponding partial decay width reads (h ! aa) = ghaa = Notice that the haa coupling contains terms proportional to both sin2 and cos2 . These contributions result from the trilinear and quartic couplings in the scalar potential (2.2), respectively. In our THDM plus pseudoscalar extension, h ! aa decays are even possible in the limit ! 0, which is not the case in the simpli ed model considered in [19{21]. Since the total decay width of the SM Higgs is only about 4 MeV, three-body decays Ma . Mh. Phenomenologically the most important three-body decay is the one where a is accompanied by a pair of DM particles but decays to an a and SM fermions are also possible. The corresponding partial decay widths are given by g( ) = ) = h ! af f = =a g( a=h) cos2 ; have been set to tan and y = 1. two di erent choices of m as indicated in the headline of the plots. The other relevant parameters = 1, MH = MA = MH = 750 GeV, sin = 1=p2, 3 = P 1 = P 2 = 0 In gure 3 we show the branching ratios of the SM Higgs h for two di erent values of the DM mass. We observe that for a light pseudoscalar mediator a one has in both cases for masses Ma . 70 GeV. Such large values of h are in con ict with the model-independent upper limits on the total decay width of the Higgs as measured by both ATLAS and CMS in LHC Run I [81, 82]. Notice that since the pseudoscalar a decays with 100% to DM pairs for the considered values of m one has BR (h ! a ) = BR (h ! 2 2 ). This implies that for light DM the simpli ed model presented in section 2 is subject to the constraints arising from invisible decays of the Higgs boson [37, 38]. We will analyse the resulting restrictions on the parameter space in section 6.4. The right panel nally illustrates that in cases where m is close to a quarter of the SM Higgs mass also decays such as h ! abb can have branching ratios of a few percent (or more) for a narrow range of Ma values. Notice that for the choice tan does not depend on the particular Yukawa assignment. = 1 used in the gure the result for BR h ! abb Heavier scalar H In the alignment/decoupling limit of the pseudoscalar extensions of the THDM model the heavier scalar H does not couple to W +W and ZZ pairs. In addition the Hhh vertex vanishes. Under the assumption that MH > Ma and taking A to be su ciently heavy, the scalar H can hence decay only to SM fermions or the aa and aZ nal state at tree level. The corresponding partial decay widths are H ! f f = (H ! aa) = (H ! aZ) = 3=2(MH ; Ma; MZ ) and MH as indicated in the headline of the plots. The other used input parameters are = 1, MA = MH = 750 GeV, 3 = P 2 = 0 and P 1 = 1. gHaa = denoting the Haa coupling. We have furthermore introduced (m1; m2; m3) = which characterises the two-body phase space for three massive particles. Notice that the appearance of P 1 and P 2 in the partial decay width (H ! aa) indicates again a qualitative di erence between the scalar interactions considered in [19{21] and the more general potential (2.2). At the one-loop level the heavier scalar H can in addition decay to gluons and other gauge bosons, but the associated branching ratios are very suppressed and thus have no impact on our numerical results. The dominant branching ratios of H as a function of Ma are displayed in for two parameter sets. In the left panel the case of a scalar H with sin aZ has the largest branching ratio, while for heavier a the H ! tt channel represents the leading decay. Notice that for model realisations where the decay channel H dominates, interesting mono-Z signatures can be expected [20, 21]. We will come back to this point in section 5.3. The decay pattern of H is however strongly dependent on the mass of H since for MH < MH the mixing angle is constrained to be small by EW precision measurements (see section 3.6). This behaviour is easy to understand from (4.8) which in the limit of small sin , tan mt2=(MH tan2 ), (H ! aa) / v4=M H3 ( P 1 = O(1) and large MH imply that MH > 2mt the decay mode H ! tt can hence dominate over the whole Ma range of = 1=p2 and the Htt coupling is suppressed by 1= tan2 . Heavier pseudoscalar A interest. This feature is illustrated on the right-hand side of the gure for sin relevant as it does not tend to zero in the sin quartic couplings is non-zero. For tan ! 0 limit if the combination P 2 & 1, BR (H ! aa) can even be in (4.9) both give a sizeable contribution to the Haa coupling, while For MA > Ma and assuming that decays to H are kinematically inaccessible, the pseudoscalar A can only decay to DM, SM fermions and the ah nal state at tree level. In the alignment/decoupling limit the corresponding partial decay widths take the form gAah = ) = A ! f f = (A ! ah) = =A sin2 ; 1=2(MA; Ma; Mh) gA2ah ; denoting the Aah coupling, and the analytic expression for the two-body phase-space func (m1; m2; m3) can be found in (4.10). Like in the case of H, loop-induced decays of the heavier pseudoscalar A can be neglected for all practical purposes. gure 5 we present our results for the branching ratios of the pseudoscalar A as a function of Ma for two di erent parameter choices. The left panel illustrates the case the hierarchy BR (A ! ah) > BR (A ! tt) > BR (A ! ) is observed for Ma . 200 GeV. As shown on the right-hand side of the gure, this hierarchy not only remains intact but is reached. For larger Ma values only decays to nal states matter and the ratio of their branching ratios is approximately given by BR (A ! ) =BR (A ! tt) ' tan2 irrespective of the particular Yukawa assignment. Notice that a sizeable A ! ah branching ratio is a generic prediction in the THDM plus pseudoscalar extensions with small tan , since the charged Higgs has to be quite heavy in this case in order to avoid the bounds from B ! Xs and/or Bs-meson mixing. Since a ! the dominant decay mode of the lighter pseudoscalar a, appreciable mono-Higgs signals are hence a rm prediction in a certain region of parameter space of our simpli ed model. This point will be further explained in section 5.4. Charged scalar H choices of MA and sin as indicated in the headline of the plots. The other parameter choices are = 1, MH = MH = 750 GeV, 3 = P 1 = P 2 = 0, y = 1 and m = 1 GeV. Since in the alignment/decoupling limit the H+hW + vertex vanishes, the partial decay widths of the charged scalar H+ that are relevant in the small tan ! tb = 3=2(MH ; MH ; MW ) ; 3=2(MH ; MA; MW ) 3=2(MH ; Ma; MW ) can be important if tan expression given above for 1. The result for H+ ! tb by obvious replacements. the partial decay width. Notice that in THDMs of type II and III also the decay H+ ! ) can be obtained from the The main branching ratios of the charged Higgs H+ are displayed in gure 6. On the left-hand side of the gure the case of sin = 0:35 and MH = 500 GeV is displayed and one observes that BR H+ ! tb > BR (H+ ! HW +) > BR (H+ ! aW +) for the shown values of Ma. Notice that for scenarios with MH < MH BR (H+ ! aW +) is a rather model-independent prediction since in such cases EW precithe hierarchy BR (H+ ! HW +) > sion measurements require sin to be small and (H+ ! aW +) = (H+ ! HW +) / sin2 . The same is not true for the hierarchy between BR H+ ! tb and BR (H+ ! HW +) which depends sensitively on the choice of tan 1= tan2 . It follows that for values of tan > 1 the H+ ! HW + channel can also be the H+ ! tb = (H+ ! HW +) / dominant decay mode. In model realisations with MA < MH there are no constraints of input parameters as indicated in the headline of the plots. In the left (right) panel in addition = 1 and MA = MH = 750 GeV (MH = MH = 750 GeV) is used. on sin and in turn the H+ ! aW + branching ratio can dominate for su ciently large mixing in the pseudoscalar sector. This feature is illustrated by the right panel in gure using sin nd that BR (H+ ! aW +) > BR H+ ! tb for masses Ma . 300 GeV. Since the pseudoscalar a predominantly decays via a ! extensions with MA < MH LHC prospects for the detection of such a ET;miss signature in section 5.5. can lead to a resonant mono-W signal. We will discuss the it follows that THDM plus pseudoscalar Anatomy of mono-X signatures In this section we will discuss the most important features of the mono-X phenomenology of the pseudoscalar extensions of the THDM. We examine the mono-jet, the tt + ET;miss, the mono-Z and the mono-Higgs signature. The bb + ET;miss and mono-W channel are also brie y considered. Our numerical analysis of the mono-X signals is postponed to section 6. Mono-jet channel A rst possibility to search for pseudoscalar interactions of the form (3.2) consists in looking for a mono-jet signal, where the mediators that pair produce DM are radiated from heavyquark loops [39, 46, 83{89]. Representative examples of the possible one-loop Feynman diagrams are shown in gure 7. For ma > 2m Ma only graphs involving the exchange of the light pseudoscalar a will contribute to the j + ET;miss signal. As a result the normalised kinematic distributions of the mono-jet signal in the pseudoscalar extensions of the THDM are identical to those of the DMF pseudoscalar model. Working in the NWA and assuming that tan is small, the ratio of the ducial cross sections in the two models is thus approximately given by the simple expression (pp ! j + ET;miss)DMF a lighter pseudoscalar a. Graphs involving a heavier pseudoscalar A also contribute to the signal in the pseudoscalar extensions of the THDM but are not shown explicitly. Here g (gq) denotes the DM-mediator (universal quark-mediator) coupling in the corresponding DMF spin-0 simpli ed model. Notice that the above relation is largely independent of the choice of Yukawa sector as long as tan = O(1) since bottom-quark loops have only an e ect of a few percent on the j + ET;miss distributions (see for instance [90] for a related discussion in the context of Higgs physics). Using the approximation (5.1) it is straightforward to recast existing mono-jet results on the DMF pseudoscalar model such as those given in [23] into the THDM plus pseudoscalar model space. The numerical results presented in the next section however do not employ any approximation since they are based on a calculation of the j + ET;miss cross sections including both top-quark and bottom-quark loops as well as the exchange of both a and A mediators. tt=bb + ET;miss channels A second channel that is known to be a sensitive probe of top-philic pseudoscalars with large invisible decay widths is associated production of DM and tt pairs [39, 86, 89, 91{94]. Figure 8 displays examples of tree-level diagrams that give rise to a tt + ET;miss signature in the pseudoscalar extensions of the THDM model. In the case that A is again much heavier than a, the signal strength for tt + ET;miss in our simpli ed model can be obtained from the prediction in the DMF pseudoscalar scenario from a rescaling relation analogous to the one shown in (5.1). Using such a simple recasting procedure we nd that the most recent ATLAS [24] and CMS searches for tt + ET;miss [25] that are based on 13:2 fb 1 and 2:2 fb 1 of 13 TeV LHC data, respectively, only allow to = 1 and m = 1 GeV a lower limit of tan & 0:2 is obtained. The tt + ET;miss constraints on the parameter space of the pseudoscalar extensions of the THDM are however expected to improve notably at forthcoming LHC runs. The numerical results that will be presented in section 6.4 are based on the search strategy developed recently in [94] which employs a shape t to the di erence in pseudorapidity of the two charged leptons in the di-leptonic channel of tt + ET;miss. Besides tt+ET;miss also bb+ET;miss production [91, 92] has been advocated as a sensitive probe of spin-0 portal couplings to heavy quarks. Recasting the most recent 13 TeV LHC bb + ET;miss searches [26, 27] by means of a simple rescaling similar to (5.1) we nd that no relevant bound on the parameter space of our simpli ed model can be derived unless exchange of an a and A contribute in the THDM plus pseudoscalar extensions but only the former the abb coupling is signi cantly enhanced. From (3.3) we see that such an enhancement can only arise in THDMs of type II and IV, while it is not possible for the other Yukawa assignments. Since in the limit of large tan also direct searches for the light pseudoscalar a nal states containing bottom quarks or charged leptons are relevant (and naively even provide the leading constraints) we do not consider the bb + ET;miss channel in what follows, restricting our numerical analysis to the parameter space with small tan . Mono-Z channel A mono-X signal that is strongly suppressed in the case of the spin-0 DMF models [88] but will turn out to be relevant in our simpli ed DM scenario is the mono-Z channel [21]. A sample of one-loop diagrams that lead to such a signature are displayed in Notice that the left diagram in the gure allows for resonant Z + production through a HaZ vertex for a su ciently heavy scalar H. Unlike the graph on the right-hand side it has no counterpart in the spin-0 DMF simpli ed models. As rst emphasised in [20] the appearance of the contribution with virtual H and a exchange not only enhances the mono-Z cross section compared to the spin-0 DMF models, but also leads to quite di erent kinematics in Z + production. In fact, for masses MH > Ma + MZ the predicted ET;miss spectrum turns out to be peaked at 1=2(MH ; Ma; MZ ) ; where the two-body phase-space function (m1; m2; m3) has been de ned in (4.10). Denoting the lower experimental requirement on ET;miss in a given mono-Z search by ETcu; mtiss the latter result can be used to derive a simple bound on MH for which a signi cant fraction of the total cross section will pass the cut. We obtain the inequality MH & Ma + Given that in the latest mono-Z analyses [28{30] selection cuts of ETcu; mtiss ' 100 GeV are imposed it follows that the scalar H has to have a mass of MH ' 500 GeV if one wants to be sensitive to pseudoscalars a with masses up to the tt threshold Ma ' 350 GeV. Our detailed Monte Carlo (MC) simulations of the Z + ET;miss signal in section 6.4 however reveals that the above kinematical argument alone is insu cient to understand the extensions of the THDM. In the case of triangle diagram (left) only the shown graph contributes, while in the case of the box diagram (right) instead of an a also an A exchange is possible. shape of the mono-Z exclusion in the Ma{ tan plane in all instances. The reason for this is twofold. First, in cases where sin is small H ! aZ is often not the dominant H decay mode and as a result the Z + ET;miss measurements lose already sensitivity for masses Ma below the bound implied by the estimate (5.3). Second, Z + production in gg ! aZ and gg ! AZ is also possible through box diagrams, and the interference between triangle and box graphs turns out to be very relevant in models that have a light scalar H or pseudoscalar A with a mass below the tt threshold. We add that for tan > O(10) also resonant mono-Z production via bb ! aZ and bb ! AZ can be relevant in models of type II and IV. In the context of the pure THDM such e ects have been studied for instance in [95]. Mono-Higgs channel In certain regions of parameter space another possible smoking gun signature of the pseudoscalar extensions of the THDM turns out to be mono-Higgs production. As illustrated gure 10 this signal can arise from two di erent types of one-loop diagrams. MA > Ma + Mh the triangle graph with an Aah vertex depicted on the left-hand side allows for resonant mono-Higgs production and thus dominates over the contribution of the box diagram displayed on the right. In consequence the mono-Higgs production cross sections in the THDM plus pseudoscalar extensions can exceed by far the small spin-0 DMF model rates for the h + ET;miss signal [88]. Like in the case of the mono-Z signal the presence of triangle diagrams with a trilinear scalar coupling also leads to a peak in the ET;miss distribution of h + production if the intermediate heavy pseudoscalar A can be resonantly produced. The peak position in the mono-Higgs case is obtained from [20] 1=2(MA; Ma; Mh) : MA & Ma + It follows that in order for events to pass the ET;miss cut necessary for a background suppression in mono-Higgs searches, the relation has to be ful lled. A lesson to learn from (5.5) is that mono-Higgs searches in the h ! bb channel [31, 32] are less suited to constrain the parameter space of our simpli ed model than those that focus on h ! [33, 34], because the minimal ET;miss requirements in the signal in the alignment/decoupling limit. Graphs in which the role of a and A is interchanged can also provide a relevant contribution. former analyses are always stricter than those in the latter. To give a relevant numerical example let us consider ETcu; mtiss ' 100 GeV, which represents a typical ET;miss cut imposed in the most recent h + ) searches. From (5.5) one sees that in such a case mono-Higgs analyses are very sensitive to masses up to Ma ' 330 GeV for MA ' 500 GeV. Like in the mono-Z case the above kinematical argument however allows only for a qualitative understanding of the numerical results for the pp ! h+ since interference e ects can be important in scenarios with a pseudoscalar A of mass MA < 2mt. Notice that if Ma > MA + Mh the role of A and a is interchanged and the h + ET;miss signal can receive large corrections from resonant a exchanges, as we will see explicitly in section 6.4. Finally in type II and IV models resonant mono-Higgs production from bb initial states can also be important if tan is su ciently large. Mono-W channel The last ET;miss signal that we consider is the mono-W channel [35, 36]. Two representative Feynman graphs that lead to a resonant W +ET;miss signature in the pseudoscalar extension of the THDM are shown in gure 11. These diagrams describe the single production of a charged Higgs H via the annihilation of light quarks followed by H One way to assess the prospects for detecting a mono-W signature consists in comparing the production cross sections of H to that of H and A. Using for instance tan = 1, we nd = 500 GeV and = 750 GeV at the 13 TeV LHC. The corresponding cross sections in the case of the heavy neutral spin0 resonances read (pp ! H) ' 1:4 pb and (pp ! A) ' 3:1 pb and (pp ! H) ' 0:2 pb (pp ! A) ' 0:3 pb, respectively. These numbers strongly suggest that an observation of a mono-W signal is compared to that of a mono-Z or mono-Higgs signature much less probable. We thus do not consider the W + ET;miss channel any further. Let us nally add that besides a simple mono-W signature also W t + ET;miss and W tb + ET;miss signals can appear in the DM model introduced in section 2. For the relevant charged Higgs production cross sections we nd at 13 TeV the results (gg ! H+tb) ' 0:10 pb ( (gg ! H+tb) ' 0:02 pb) using tan = 1 and MH = 500 GeV (MH = 750 GeV). Given the small H production cross section in gb and gg fusion, we expect that searches for a W t + ET;miss or a W tb+ET;miss signal will in practice provide no relevant constraint in the small tan charged Higgs H and a lighter pseudoscalar a in the THDM plus pseudoscalar extension. Numerical results The numerical results of our mono-X analyses are presented in this section. After a brief description of the signal generation and the background estimates, we rst study the impact of interference e ects between the a and A contributions to the j + Then the constraints on the parameter space of the THDM plus pseudoscalar extensions are derived for several well-motivated benchmark scenarios. In the case of the mono-Z and mono-Higgs searches we also discuss the LHC Run II reach in some detail. Signal generation The starting point of our MC simulations is a UFO implementation [96] of the simplied model as described in section 2. This implementation has been obtained by means of the FeynRules 2 [97] and NLOCT [98] packages. The generation of the j + ET;miss, Z + ET;miss (Z ! `+` ) and h + ET;miss (h ! ) signal samples is performed at leading order (LO) with MadGraph5 aMC@NLO [99] using PYTHIA 8.2 [100] for showering and NNPDF2.3 [101] as parton distribution functions. The whole MC chain is steered with CheckMATE 2 [102] which itself employs FastJet [103] to reconstruct hadronic jets and Delphes 3 [104] as a fast-detector simulation. The results of the CheckMATE 2 analyses have been validated against MadAnalysis 5 [105, 106]. The selection requirements imposed in our analyses resemble those used in the recent LHC mono-jet [22], mono-Z [28] and mono-Higgs [34] search, respectively. For what concerns our tt + ET;miss (t ! `b ) recast we rely on the results of the sensitivity study [94]. In this analysis the DM signal has been simulated at next-to-leading order (NLO) with MadGraph5 aMC@NLO and PYTHIA 8.2 using a FxFx NLO jet matching prescription [107] and the nal-state top quarks have been decayed with MadSpin [108]. Background estimates For the j +ET;miss, Z +ET;miss (Z ! `+` ) and h+ET;miss (h ! estimates rely on the background predictions obtained in the 13 TeV LHC analyses [22, 28] and [34], respectively. The given background numbers correspond to 3:2 fb 1, 13:3 fb 1 2:3 fb 1 and we extrapolate them to 40 fb 1 of integrated luminosity to be able to assess the near-term reach of the di erent mono-X channels. Our extrapolations assume that while the relative systematic uncertainties remain the same, the relative statistical errors ) recasts our background uncertainties amount to around 4% to 9% in the case of the mono-jet search, about 7% for the mono-Z analysis and approximately 20% for the mono-Higgs channel. Since the j + ET;miss search is already systematics limited at 40 fb 1 its constraining power will depend sensitively on the assumption about the future systematic uncertainty on the associated SM background. This should be kept in mind when comparing the di erent exclusions presented below, because a better understanding of the backgrounds can have a visible impact on the obtained results. Since the tt + ET;miss (t ! `b ) search will still be statistically limited for 40 fb 1, we base our forecast in this case on a data set of 300 fb 1 assuming that the relevant SM background is known to 20%. In the mono-Z and mono-Higgs cases we will present below, besides 40 fb 1 projections, results for 100 fb 1 and 300 fb 1 of data. From these results one can assess if the existing Z + ET;miss and h + ET;miss search strategies will at some point become systematics limited in LHC Run II. Interference e ects Our simpli ed model contains two pseudoscalar mediators a and A that are admixtures of the neutral CP-odd weak eigenstates entering (2.1) and (2.2). In mono-jet production the two contributions interfere and the resulting LO matrix element takes the following denotes the invariant mass of the DM pair and a and A are the total decay widths of the two pseudoscalar mass eigenstates. The same results hold for instance also in the case of the pp ! tt + amplitude. Notice that the contributions from virtual a and A exchange have opposite signs in (6.1) resulting from the transformation from the weak to the mass eigenstate basis. Such a destructive interference of two contributions also appears in fermion scalar singlet models with Higgs mixing and has there shown to be phenomenologically relevant [109{113]. The impact of interference e ects on the predictions of the mono-jet and tt + ET;miss cross sections is illustrated in gure 12 for three di erent values of the mass of the pseudoscalar A. Both plots display partonic LO results at 13 TeV LHC energies. In the left panel the basic selection requirements ET;miss > 250 GeV and j j j < 2:4 are imposed with j denoting the pseudorapidity of the jet, while in the right gure only the cut ET;miss > 150 GeV that in this case interference e ects do not play any role since the pseudoscalar A is too heavy and e ectively decouples. One also sees that at Ma ' 350 GeV the cross sections of both mono-jet and tt + ET;miss production are enhanced due to tt threshold e ects. Notice furthermore that the enhancement is more pronounced for the j + ET;miss signal because the top-quark loops develop an imaginary piece once the internal tops can go on-shell. Mh ' 375 GeV at which point one observes an enhancement of the rates compared to the case of very heavy A. This feature is a consequence of the fact that for Ma < MA Mh the A ! ah channel is the dominant decay mode of A, as di erent values of MA. In the left (right) plot sin relevant parameters are tan = 1, MH = MH = 750 GeV, 3 = P 1 = P 2 = 0, y = 1 and = 1=p2 (sin = 1=2) is used and the other cuts as explained in the main text. can be seen from the right plot in gure 5. For larger masses of a the phase space of A ! ah closes and in turn BR (A ! ) increases. This leads to constructive interference destructive. Notice furthermore that the same qualitative explanations apply to the case place at Ma ' MA the left and right panel of gure 12, one nally sees that the observed interference pattern is at the qualitative level independent of the choice of sin . Summary plots Below we study four di erent benchmark scenarios that exemplify the rich ET;miss phenomenology of the simpli ed DM model introduced in section 2. Throughout our analysis we work in the alignment/decoupling limit, adopting the parameters MH = 750 GeV, 3 = P 1 = P 2 = 0, y = 1 and m The shown results however also hold in the case of the other Yukawa sectors (2.4) since duction amount to corrections of a few percent only. The model-dependent contributions from bb-initiated production also turn out to be small for such values of tan . The constraints on all benchmark scenarios will be presented in the Ma{ tan plane, in which the parameter regions that are excluded at 95% CL by the various searches will be indicated. Benchmark scenario 1: sin nario we choose sin guarantees that EW precision measurements are satis ed for all values of Ma that we consider (see section 3.6). The upper left panel in gure 13 summarises the various 95% CL plane for four benchmark scenarios. The colour shaded regions correspond to the parameter space excluded by the di erent ET;miss searches, while the constraints arising from di-top resonance searches and physics are indicated by the dashed and dotted black lines, respectively. Parameters choices below the black lines are excluded. All exclusions are 95% CL bounds. See text for further details. exclusions. One rst observes that the constraint from invisible decays of the Higgs (pink region) excludes all shown values of tan for mediator masses of Ma . 100 GeV. This constraint has been obtained by imposing the 95% CL limit BR (h ! invisible) < 25% set by ATLAS [37]. Notice that in the THDM plus pseudoscalar extensions one has BR (h ! invisible) ' BR (h ! 2 2 ) ' 100% for a DM mass of m = 1 GeV largely independent of sin , MH and MA, and as a result the h ! invisible constraint is roughly the same in all of our benchmark scenarios. One furthermore sees that taken together the existing limits from avour physics (dotted black line) and di-top searches (dashed black curve) exclude the parameter region with tan . 0:8. Here the di-top constraint is obtained from the results [40] by rescaling the limit quoted by ATLAS using the tt branching ratio of the heavy scalar mediator H (see section 3.4). Turning ones attention to the constraints that arise from DM searches, one observes that even with an integrated luminosity of 300 fb 1, tt + ET;miss measurements (green region) should be able to exclude only a small part of the Ma{ tan plane. For pseudoscalar masses Ma around the EW scale values of tan . 0:6 can be tested, while tt + ET;miss searches have essentially no sensitivity to the parameter region with Ma & 2mt since pected see (5.1) since the tt + a production cross section is suppressed by sin2 the decay channel a ! tt opens up. The weakness of the tt + ET;miss constraint is exour rst benchmark. This suppression is also the reason for our nding that with 40 fb 1 of 13 TeV data, mono-jet searches will not lead to any relevant restriction on tan , if one assumes that these near-future measurements are plagued by systematic uncertainties at the 5% level in the low-ET;miss signal regions. The hypothetical mono-Z search (blue region) based on 40 fb 1 of data provides the strongest constraint for Ma . 250 GeV, excluding tan values slightly above 2 for light mediators a. This strong bound is a result of the resonant enhancement of Z + duction in our rst benchmark scenario. Notice furthermore the sharp cut-o Z + ET;miss exclusion at Ma ' 260 GeV. For larger pseudoscalar masses Ma one that BR (H ! aZ) . 10% (see the right panel in gure 4) and as a result mono-Z production through triangle graphs is strongly reduced. This explains why the Z + ET;miss search looses sensitivity already before Ma ' 350 GeV as one would naively expect from (5.3) for that with 40 fb 1 of integrated luminosity mono-Higgs searches (orange region) can cover only a small part of the parameter space compared to mono-Z measurements. Benchmark scenario 2: sin scenario, the sine of the mixing angle is sin = 0:25 and the masses of H and A are taken depicted in the upper right panel of gure 13. The constraints from h ! invisible (pink avour physics (dotted black line) resemble the exclusions that apply in the rst benchmark case. The recent ATLAS di-top search does instead not lead to a constraint since, on the one hand, tt decays of the scalar H are kinematically forbidden, and on the other hand, the ATLAS sensitivity to very heavy pseudoscalars A is not su cient to set a bound on tan . Given the smallness of sin , we nd that our hypothetical tt + ET;miss search only probes the parameter region with Ma . 2mt and tan . 0:4. Mono-jet measurements are expected to provide even weaker restrictions and in consequence we do not show the corresponding bounds. As in the case of the rst benchmark scenario, the monoZ exclusion (blue region) is the most stringent constraint for a large range of Ma values, excluding values of tan . 1:5 for Ma ' Mh. The dip of the exclusion limit at Ma ' 170 GeV coincides with the bound derived in (5.3) if the low-mass signal region masses the mono-Z exclusion strengthens until the point where Ma ' 220 GeV. This is a result of the constructive interference between triangle and box graphs (see gure 9). The bound that follows from our 40 fb 1 mono-Higgs projection (orange region) is compared to the mono-Z exclusion again rather weak. nario employs sin MH = MH straints on sin Benchmark scenario 3: sin = 1=p2, MA = 500 GeV and MH = 750 GeV. Notice that for Our third benchmark scethe mixing in the pseudoscalar sector can be large since there are no conand Ma from . The constraints on the Ma{ tan plane corresponding to these parameter choices are presented in the lower left panel of gure 13. The bounds from h ! invisible decays (pink region) and avour physics (dotted black line) are essentially unchanged with respect to the previous benchmarks. The shown di-top constraint (dashed black curve) di ers from the one displayed in the upper left panel since it follows from the bound provided in [40] for a pseudoscalar with a mass of 500 GeV. In the case of the mono-jet constraint (red region) one sees that it should now be possible to exclude tan . 0:4 values for Ma . 350 GeV. One furthermore observes that future tt + ET;miss searches (green region) are expected to extend the parameter space excluded by the non-ET;miss constraints to tan values above 1 for Ma . 200 GeV. Although the scalar H is very heavy, we nd that the mono-Z projection (blue region) still provides relevant constraints in the Ma{ tan for masses below the a ! tt threshold, because the mixing is maximal in our third benchmark. The strongest ET;miss constraint is however provided by the mono-Higgs search (orange region), which should be able to exclude values . 2 for pseudoscalars a with masses at the EW scale. Notice that the mono-Higgs exclusion has a sharp cut-o at Ma ' 350 GeV, as expect from the inequality (5.5) for ETcu; mtiss = 105 GeV [34]. Benchmark scenario 4: sin we consider the parameters sin = 1= p2, MA = 300 GeV. In the fourth benchmark be seen from the lower right panel of gure 13, the regions excluded by Higgs to invisible decays (pink region) and avour physics (dotted black line) are close to identical to those arising in all the other scenarios. In contrast, di-top searches do not lead to a restriction because the pseudoscalar A is too light to decay to two on-shell top quarks, while the ATLAS search [40] is not yet sensitive to very heavy scalars H. The shapes of the exclusions from the j + ET;miss (red region) and tt + ET;miss (green region) measurements display an interference pattern that is very similar to the one seen in gure 12. In turn future mono-jet (tt+ET;miss) searches are expected to be able to exclude . 0:4 (tan . 1) values for mediator masses Ma above the tt threshold. Focusing our attention on the mono-Z projection (blue region) we observe that the corresponding exclusion curve has a pronounced dip at Ma ' 180 GeV. It originates from the interference of triangle diagrams with box graphs that correspond to gg ! AZ ! Z + (see gure 9). This interference is destructive and maximal when the decay channel A ! aZ starts to close, leading to Br (A ! ) ' 100% for the considered value of MA. Like in the third benchmark the mono-Higgs search (orange region) is again the most powerful ET;miss constraint as it allows to exclude tan . 3:7 values for Ma ' 100 GeV. We also note that the mono-Higgs search maintains sensitivity for Ma values well above the estimate presented in (5.5). The reason is that for su ciently light pseudoscalars A, triangle diagrams with resonant a exchange (see gure 10) can provide a sizeable contribution to mono-Higgs production. This resonant enhancement allows one to probe values of tan above 1 for Ma & 300 GeV. Notice nally that at Ma ' MA = 300 GeV the a and A contributions interfere destructively leading to a visible dip in the h + ET;miss exclusion. LHC Run II reach The future prospects of the mono-Z (blue regions) and mono-Higgs (orange regions) constraints are illustrated in gure 14 for our four benchmark scenarios. nd that by collecting more data the reach of the Z + ET;miss measurements are expected to strengthen, but that the actual improvement depends sensitively on the assumption about the systematic uncertainty on the irreducible SM backgrounds. Assuming a systematic error of 7%, we observe that the limits on tan will improve by a mere 10% when going from 40 fb 1 to 300 fb 1 of data. In order to further exploit the potential of mono-Z searches, advances in the modelling of ZZ production within the SM would hence be very welcome. In contrast to mono-Z searches it turns out that in the case of the h + ET;miss measurements systematic uncertainties will not be a limiting factor even at the end of LHC Run II. By increasing the amount of data to 100 fb 1 and 300 fb 1, we anticipate that it should be possible to improve the 40 fb 1 mono-Higgs limits on tan by typically 25% and 50%, respectively. Notice that larger data sets will be most bene cial in our rst and second benchmark scenario in which sin is small. In these cases the resulting h+ET;miss (h ! event rates are so low that the sensitivity in the mono-Higgs channel is limited largely by statistics for 40 fb 1 of luminosity. As explained earlier in section 3.3, we expect that forthcoming searches for spin-0 resonances in the + nal state should allow to set relevant constraints on tan realisations with a light scalar H of mass MH < 2mt. In the case of our second benchmark scenario this means that it should be possible to test and to exclude the parameter space . O(1) and Ma & 210 GeV at LHC Run II. Such an exclusion would indeed be precious, because as illustrated by the upper right panel of gure 14, this part of the plane is notoriously di cult to constrain through ET;miss searches. Finally, let us comment on an e ect already mentioned brie y in sections 5.3 and 5.4. In pseudoscalar extensions of the THDM that feature a tan enhancement of the bottomquark Yukawa coupling it is possible in principle to obtain relevant contributions to mono-X ET;miss channels. In gure 13 only the model-independent contribution from gg production was taken into account, because the exclusion bounds remain essentially unchanged if also the bb-initiated channels are included. With 300 fb 1 of integrated luminosity this situation is however expected to change. Searches for mono-Z signals, for example, should be able to exclude values of tan for certain ranges of Ma in all four benchmarks. In the third and fourth benchmark scenario there are particularly relevant changes to the projected sensitivity of mono-Higgs searches, as illustrated in after including both gg and bb initiated production, model realisations with tan Ma . 220 GeV are excluded. The impact of bb ! h + ET;miss is even more pronounced possible to exclude masses Ma . 170 GeV for any value of tan . The results displayed in L = 40 fb-1 L = 100 fb-1 L = 300 fb-1 L = 40 fb-1 L = 100 fb-1 L = 300 fb-1 L = 40 fb-1 L = 100 fb-1 L = 300 fb-1 L = 40 fb-1 L = 100 fb-1 L = 300 fb-1 ical Z + ET;miss (blue regions) and h + ET;miss (orange regions) searches at 13 TeV LHC energies. The solid, dashed and dotted curves correspond to integrated luminosities of 40 fb 1, 100 fb 1 and 300 fb 1, respectively. gure 15 have been obtained in the context of a Yukawa sector of type II. Almost identical sensitivities are found in models of type IV, while in pseudoscalar THDM extensions of type I and III bottom-quark initiated contributions are irrelevant, since they are tan suppressed see (3.3) . Conclusions We have proposed a new framework of renormalisable simpli ed models for dark matter searches at the LHC, namely single-mediator extensions of two Higgs doublet models containing a fermionic dark matter candidate. The mediator can have both scalar or pseudoscalar quantum numbers and all amplitudes are unitary as long as the mediator couplings L = 300 fb-1 from a hypothetical h + ET;miss (orange regions) search with 300 fb 1 of 13 TeV data. The solid lines correspond to the limits obtained from gg production alone, while the dashed curves include both the gg and bb initiated channel. are perturbative. Constraints from Higgs coupling measurements are averted by mixing the mediator with the heavy scalar or pseudoscalar partners of the Standard Model Higgs. This framework uni es previously established simpli ed spin-0 models, while avoiding their shortcomings, and can reproduce several of their features in the appropriate limit. In this work we have focused on the case of a pseudoscalar mediator a. We have considered the alignment/decoupling limit, in which some of the Higgs partners have masses close to the TeV scale, while either the neutral scalar H or pseudoscalar A is lighter with a mass as low as 300 GeV. For the mass of the new pseudoscalar mediator we have considered the range of half the Higgs-boson mass to 500 GeV. These parameter choices are well motivated by Higgs physics, LHC searches for additional spin-0 states, electroweak precision measurements and quark- avour bounds such as those arising from B ! Xs and B-meson mixing. Limits on the quartic couplings that arise from perturbativity, unitarity and the requirement that the total decay widths of H and A are su ciently small for the narrow-width approximation to be valid have also been taken into account in our analysis. By studying the partial decay widths and branching ratios of the spin-0 particles, we have found that the total decay width of the heavier scalar H can be dominated by the H ! aZ channel, while the heavier pseudoscalar A generically decays with large probability through A ! ah. In consequence, the production cross sections for mono-Z and monoHiggs nal states are resonantly enhanced and the obtained limits are competitive with mono-jet searches and even impose the dominant constraints for most of the parameter space at 40 fb 1 of 13 TeV LHC data. This surprising result is a consequence of a consistent implementation of the scalar sector and is therefore not predicted by previously considered simpli ed models (such as the ATLAS/CMS Dark Matter Forum pseudoscalar model). Our ndings underline the importance of a complementary approach to searches for dark matter at the LHC and are in qualitative agreement with the conclusions drawn in [20, 21]. We have furthermore emphasised, that searches for associated production of dark matter with a tt pair will pro t from improved statistics unlike the mono-jet search, for which the reach seems systematics limited. We have therefore extrapolated the corresponding constraints to a dataset of 300 fb 1, where tt + ET;miss searches are expected to be more powerful than j + ET;miss measurements for large parts of the parameter space. The rich structure of the two Higgs doublet plus pseudoscalar models has been exempli ed by an analysis of four di erent parameter scenarios. The speci c benchmarks have been chosen to capture di erent aspects of the mono-X phenomenology that are of interest for future LHC searches. The results for all scenarios are presented in the form of planes, in which the parameter regions that are excluded at 95% con dence level by the various ET;miss and non-ET;miss searches have been indicated (see gure 13). We found that the constraining power of mono-Z and mono-Higgs searches depends sensitively on the mass hierarchies between Ma and MA or MH , while the sensitivity to the other model parameters such as the amount of mixing in the CP-odd sector is less pronounced. It has also been shown that as a result of the interference of a and A contributions the bounds in the Ma{ tan plane that result from the j + ET;miss and tt + ET;miss channels strengthen above the threshold Ma ' MA in model realisations with a light pseudoscalar A. In addition the reach of the 13 TeV LHC in the mono-Z and mono-Higgs channel has been explored (see gure 14). While mono-Higgs searches are found not to be limited by systematic uncertainties even at the end of LHC Run II, in the case of the mono-Z measurements the systematic error can become a limiting factor. This feature makes the h + ET;miss signal particularly interesting in the context of two Higgs doublet plus pseudoscalar extensions. It has moreover been pointed out that constraints from di-top resonance searches and avour observables provide further important handles to test the considered simpli ed dark matter models. Because the former signature allows to look for neutral spin-0 states with masses above the tt threshold, to which ET;miss searches have only limited access if the dark matter mediators are top-philic, the development of more sophisticated strategies to search for heavy neutral Higgses in tt events seems particularly timely. We have also highlighted the possibility to constrain benchmark scenarios featuring a light scalar H by forthcoming searches for heavy spin-0 states in the + nal state, and nally illustrated the impact of bottom-quark initiated production in the case of h + ET;miss (see gure 15). To conclude, we stress that meaningful bounds from LHC searches for dark matter can only be extracted if the underlying models are free from theoretical inconsistencies, such as non-unitary scattering amplitudes or couplings that implicitly violate gauge symmetries. Future ATLAS and CMS analyses of spin-0 mediator scenarios should therefore be based on consistent embeddings of the established ATLAS/CMS Dark Matter Forum simpli ed models. For any e ort in this direction, standalone UFO implementation of the dark matter models discussed in this article can be obtained from the authors on request. 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Martin Bauer, Ulrich Haisch, Felix Kahlhoefer. Simplified dark matter models with two Higgs doublets: I. Pseudoscalar mediators, Journal of High Energy Physics, 2017, 1-38, DOI: 10.1007/JHEP05(2017)138