He, HJ (reprint author), Tsinghua Univ, Inst Modern Phys, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China.
We study gravitational interaction of Higgs boson through the unique dimension-4 operator xi(HHR)-H-dagger, with H the Higgs doublet and R the Ricci scalar curvature. We analyze the effect of this dimensionless nonminimal coupling xi on weak gauge boson scattering in both Jordan and Einstein frames. We explicitly establish the longitudinal-Goldstone equivalence theorem with nonzero xi coupling in both frames, and analyze the unitarity constraints. We study the xi-induced weak boson scattering cross sections at O(1 30) TeV scales, and propose to probe the Higgs-gravity coupling via weak boson scattering experiments at the LHC (14 TeV) and the next generation pp colliders (50 100 TeV). We further extend our study to Higgs inflation, and quantitatively derive the perturbative unitarity bounds via coupled channel analysis, under large field background at the inflation scale. We analyze the unitarity constraints on the parameter space in both the conventional Higgs inflation and the improved models in light of the recent BICEP2 data.