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Decay of Higgs boson.

  1. May 14, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    What is the ratio of the partial widths of the decay of the Higgs boson into the bound state of b quark and b anti quark and c quark and C anti quark

    2. Relevant equations

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    Me and my friend disagree on the answer. I believe it should be the ratio of the masses of the particles and my friend believes it should be the ratio of the masses squared.

    My reasoning is if you construct a Feynman diagram for this process then there is only one vertex and therefore one factor of coupling in the amplitude. The amplitude is proportional to the partial width and the mass is proportional to the coupling - therefore with everything else being constant the ratio results in the ratio of masses.

    Their argument is that I'm missing a vertex from my diagram and you cant just have a Higgs boson propogate and decay without something creating it first. Hence another factor of the coupling would be introduced and by a similar arguement you'd result in a ratio of mass squared.

    Suffice to say were both abit confused. Any help greatly appreciated.
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. May 14, 2008 #2

    malawi_glenn

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    but the width is related to the modulus square of the amplitude, hence square of the masses. right?
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2008
  4. May 15, 2008 #3
    yup, your right. Had one of those "thats what i was doing wrong" moments this morning. Cheers for your reply.
     
  5. May 15, 2008 #4

    malawi_glenn

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    that sometimes happens :-)

    Now, good luck!
     
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