Strong Higgs interactions at a linear collider
We study the impact of Higgs precision measurements at a high-energy and high-luminosity linear electron positron collider, such as CLIC or the ILC, on the parameter space of a strongly interacting Higgs boson. Some combination of anomalous couplings are already tightly constrained by current fits to electroweak observables. However, even small deviations in the cross sections of single and double Higgs production, or the mere detection of a triple Higgs final state, can help establish whether it is a composite state and whether or not it emerges as a pseudo-Nambu-Goldstone boson from an underlying broken symmetry. We obtain an estimate of the ILC and CLIC sensitivities on the anomalous Higgs couplings from a study of W W scattering and h h production which can be translated into a sensitivity on the compositeness scale 4 pi f, or equivalently on the degree of compositeness xi = v(2)/f(2). We summarize the current experimental constraints, from electroweak data and direct resonance searches, and the expected reach of the LHC and CLIC on xi and on the scale of the new resonances.