Analytic decay width of the Higgs boson to massive bottom quarks at next-to-next-to-leading order in QCD

Author:

Jian Wang, Yefan Wang, Da-Jiang Zhang

Keyword:

High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology (hep-ph)

journal:

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date:

2023-10-30 16:00:00

Abstract

The Higgs boson decay to a massive bottom quark pair provides the dominant contribution to the Higgs boson width. We present an exact result for such a decay induced by the bottom quark Yukawa coupling with next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) QCD corrections. We have adopted the canonical differential equations in the calculation and obtained the result in terms of multiple polylogarithms. We also compute the contribution from the decay to four bottom quarks which consist of complete elliptic integrals or their one-fold integrals. The small bottom quark mass limit coincides with the previous calculation using the large momentum expansion. The threshold expansion exhibits power divergent terms in the bottom quark velocity, which has a structure different from that in $e^+e^-\to t\bar{t}$ but can be reproduced by computing the corresponding Coulomb Green function. The NNLO corrections significantly reduce the uncertainties from both the renormalization scale and the renormalization scheme of the bottom quark Yukawa coupling. Our result can be applied to a heavy scalar decay to a top quark pair.