, 2011:125,
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Date: 25 Mar 2011

Non-resonant new physics in top pair production at hadron colliders


We use top quark pair production as a probe of top-philic non-resonant new physics. Following a low energy effective field theory approach, we calculate several key observables in top quark pair production at hadron colliders (e.g., total cross section, \( t\bar{t} \) invariant mass distribution, forward-backward asymmetry, spin correlations) including the interference of the Standard Model with dimension-six operators. We determine the LHC reach in probing new physics after having taken into account the Tevatron constraints. In particular, we show that the gluon fusion process \( gg \to t\bar{t} \) which remains largely unconstrained at the Tevatron is affected by only one top-philic dimension-six operator, the chromo-magnetic moment of the top quark. This operator can be further constrained by the LHC data as soon as a precision of about 20% is reached for the total \( t\bar{t} \) cross-section. While our approach is general and model-independent, it is particularly relevant to models of Higgs and top compositeness, which we consider in detail, also in connection with \( t\bar{t}t\bar{t} \) and \( t\bar{t}b\bar{b} \) production.

ArXiv ePrint: 1010.6304