Wednesday, June 5, 2013

1306.0572 (J. A. Aguilar-Saavedra et al.)

A handbook of vector-like quarks: mixing and single production    [PDF]

J. A. Aguilar-Saavedra, R. Benbrik, S. Heinemeyer, M. Perez-Victoria
We obtain constraints on the mixing of vector-like quarks coupling predominantly to the third generation. We consider all (seven) possible types of vector-like quarks, individually. The constraints are derived from oblique corrections and Z -> b bbar measurements at LEP and SLC. We investigate the implications of these constraints on LHC phenomenology, concerning the decays of the heavy quarks and their single production. We also explore indirect effects of heavy quark mixing in top and bottom couplings. The most remarkable of these effects is the possibility of explaining the anomalous forward-backward asymmetry in Z -> b bbar at LEP, with a hypercharge -5/6 doublet. We also study the impact of the new quarks on single Higgs production at the LHC and Higgs decay.
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