Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2010:40 | Cite as

μe conversion in the Littlest Higgs model with T-parity

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Abstract

Little Higgs models provide a natural explanation of the little hierarchy between the electroweak scale and a few TeV scale, where new physics is expected. Under the same inspiring naturalness arguments, this work completes a previous study on lepton flavor-changing processes in the Littlest Higgs model with T-parity exploring the channel that will eventually turn out to be the most sensitive, μ − e conversion in nuclei. All one-loop contributions are carefully taken into account, results for the most relevant nuclei are provided and a discussion of the influence of the quark mixing is included. The results for the Ti nucleus are in good agreement with earlier work by Blanke et al., where a degenerate mirror quark sector was assumed. The conclusion is that, although this particular model reduces the tension with electroweak precision tests, if the restrictions on the parameter space derived from lepton flavor violation are taken seriously, the degree of fine tuning necessary to meet these constraints also disfavors this model.

Keywords

Rare Decays Beyond Standard Model 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. del Águila
    • 1
  • J. I. Illana
    • 1
  • M. D. Jenkins
    • 1
  1. 1.CAFPE and Departamento de Física Teórica y del CosmosUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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