Improved predictions for μ\to e conversion in nuclei and Higgs-induced lepton flavor violation

Crivellin, Andreas; Hoferichter, Martin; Procura, Massimiliano (2014). Improved predictions for μ\to e conversion in nuclei and Higgs-induced lepton flavor violation. Physical review. D - particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, 89(9) Melville, N.Y.: American Physical Society 10.1103/PhysRevD.89.093024

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Compared to μ→eγ and μ→eee, the process μ→e conversion in nuclei receives enhanced contributions from Higgs-induced lepton flavor violation. Upcoming μ→e conversion experiments with drastically increased sensitivity will be able to put extremely stringent bounds on Higgs-mediated μ→e transitions. We point out that the theoretical uncertainties associated with these Higgs effects, encoded in the couplings of quark scalar operators to the nucleon, can be accurately assessed using our recently developed approach based on SU(2) chiral perturbation theory that cleanly separates two- and three-flavor observables. We emphasize that with input from lattice QCD for the coupling to strangeness fNs, hadronic uncertainties are appreciably reduced compared to the traditional approach where fNs is determined from the pion-nucleon σ term by means of an SU(3) relation. We illustrate this point by considering Higgs-mediated lepton flavor violation in the standard model supplemented with higher-dimensional operators, the two-Higgs-doublet model with generic Yukawa couplings, and the minimal supersymmetric standard model. Furthermore, we compare bounds from present and future μ→e conversion and μ→eγ experiments.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


10 Strategic Research Centers > Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics (AEC)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Theoretical Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Crivellin, Andreas; Hoferichter, Martin and Procura, Massimiliano


500 Science > 530 Physics




American Physical Society




Esther Fiechter

Date Deposited:

24 Nov 2014 15:09

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26 Jun 2016 01:56

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