Higgs Discovery: Impact on Composite Dynamics Technicolor & eXtreme compositeness Thinking Fast and Slow

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I discuss the impact of the discovery of a Higgs-like state on composite dynamics starting by critically examining the reasons in favour of either an elementary or composite nature of this state. Accepting the standard model interpretation I re-address the standard model vacuum stability within a Weyl-consistent computation. I will carefully examine the fundamental reasons why what has been discovered might not be the standard model Higgs. Dynamical electroweak breaking naturally addresses a number of the fundamental issues unsolved by the standard model interpretation. However this paradigm has been challenged by the discovery of a not-so-heavy Higgs-like state. I will therefore review the recent discovery \cite{Foadi:2012bb} that the standard model top-induced radiative corrections naturally reduce the intrinsic non-perturbative mass of the composite Higgs state towards the desired experimental value. Not only we have a natural and testable working framework but we have also suggested specific gauge theories that can realise, at the fundamental level, these minimal models of dynamical electroweak symmetry breaking. These strongly coupled gauge theories are now being heavily investigated via first principle lattice simulations with encouraging results. The new findings show that the recent naive claims made about new strong dynamics at the electroweak scale being disfavoured by the discovery of a not-so-heavy composite Higgs are unwarranted. I will then introduce the more speculative idea of extreme compositeness according to which not only the Higgs sector of the standard model is composite but also quarks and leptons, and provide a toy example in the form of gauge-gauge duality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStrong Coupling Gauge Theories in the LHC Perspective (SCGT12) : Proceedings of KMI-GCOE Workshop
PublisherWorld Scientific
Publication date26. Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 26. Jun 2013
EventKMI-GCOE Workshop - Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
Duration: 4. Dec 20127. Dec 2012
Conference number: 12


ConferenceKMI-GCOE Workshop
LocationNagoya University
SeriesWorld Scientific: Connecting Great Minds


  • hep-ph
  • hep-lat
  • hep-th

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