Common exotic decays of top partners

Bizot, Nicolas (0000 0001 2153 961X, Univ Lyon, Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, IPNL, F-69622, Villeurbanne, France) ; Cacciapaglia, Giacomo (0000 0001 2153 961X, Univ Lyon, Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, IPNL, F-69622, Villeurbanne, France) ; Flacke, Thomas (0000 0004 1784 4496, Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Daejeon, 34051, Korea)

13 June 2018

Abstract: Many standard model extensions that address the hierarchy problem contain Dirac-fermion partners of the top quark, which are typically expected around the TeV scale. Searches for these vector-like quarks mostly focus on their decay into electroweak gauge bosons and Higgs plus a standard model quark. In this article, backed by models of composite Higgs, we propose a set of simplified scenarios, with effective Lagrangians and benchmarks, that include more exotic decay channels, which modify the search strategies and affect the bounds. Analysing several classes of underlying models, we show that exotic decays are the norm and commonly appear with significant rates. All these models contain light new scalars that couple to top partners with charge 5/3, 2/3, and −1/3.


Published in: JHEP 1806 (2018) 065
Published by: Springer/SISSA
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP06(2018)065
arXiv: 1803.00021
License: CC-BY-4.0



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