Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2011:127

Top condensation as a motivated explanation of the top forward-backward asymmetry


DOI: 10.1007/JHEP07(2011)127

Cite this article as:
Cui, Y., Han, Z. & Schwartz, M.D. J. High Energ. Phys. (2011) 2011: 127. doi:10.1007/JHEP07(2011)127


Models of top condensation can provide both a compelling solution to the hierarchy problem as well as an explanation of why the top-quark mass is large. The spectrum of such models, in particular topcolor-assisted technicolor, includes top-pions, top-rhos and the top-Higgs, all of which can easily have large top-charm or top-up couplings. Large top-up couplings in particular would lead to a top forward-backward asymmetry through t-channel exchange, easily consistent with the Tevatron measurements. Intriguingly, there is destructive interference between the top-mesons and the standard model which conspire to make the overall top pair production rate consistent with the standard model. The rate for same-sign top production is also small due to destructive interference between the neutral top-pion and the top-Higgs. Flavor physics is under control because new physics is mostly confined to the top quark. In this way, top condensation can explain the asymmetry and be consistent with all experimental bounds. There are many additional signatures of topcolor with large tu mixing, such as top(s) + jet(s) events, in which a top and a jet reconstruct a resonance mass, which make these models easily testable at the LHC.


Phenomenological ModelsHeavy Quark PhysicsHadronic CollidersTechnicolor and Composite Models

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Fundamental Laws of NatureHarvard UniversityCambridgeU.S.A.