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Top Quark Physics at the NLC

SCIPP 95/40 August 1995 hep-ph/9509300

arXiv:hep-ph/9509300v1 14 Sep 1995

Top Quark Physics at the NLC1

Carl R. Schmidt 2 Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA

Abstract A high energy e+ e? linear collider (NLC) is an excellent tool for studying the properties of the top quark. In this talk I review some of the theory of top quark production and decay in e+ e? collisions both at threshold and in the continuum. ? I also report on the results of phenomenological analyses of tt production at the NLC.

1 Invited talk presented at the Workshop on Physics of the Top Quark, Ames, Iowa, May 25 & 26, 1995 2 Supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy.



A high energy electron-positron collider, which I will generically refer to as the Next Linear Collider or NLC, is an ideal tool for studying the properties of the top quark. The event environment in e+ e? collisions is clean so that precision measurements are possible. The luminosity, which is expected to be on the order of 50 fb?1 /yr, is su?cient to provide a yearly sample of a few times 104 top pairs. In addition the high degree of electron polarization attainable at the NLC will be very useful for probing the top quark couplings to the photon and Z boson. Although I will not discuss it here, there is also the possibility for a high-energy photon collider mode using back-scattered lasers, which adds signi?cantly to the versatility of the machine. There have been a number of studies of top quark physics at the NLC[1]. In this talk I will discuss some of the highlights, and I will report on the results of a few selected phenomenological studies. The CDF and D0 collaborations at Fermilab have obtained mass values for the top quark of 176 ± 8 ± 10 and 199+19 ± 22 GeV, respectively[2]. This large mass ?21 indicates that the top quark feels the strongest coupling to the symmetry breaking sector of any of the observed particles. Thus, the top quark interactions are an obvious place to look for hints into the dynamics of symmetry breaking. More prosaically, the large mass has an important impact on top quark phenomenology. For large mt , the top width grows as Γt ? 1.7 GeV mt 175 GeV


This implies that the time required for a top quark to decay is almost always less 1

than the time for hadronization to occur. The decay time is also signi?cantly less than the time it takes for a top quark to depolarize. Therefore, to a good approximation, the top quark can be treated as a free quark which transfers its polarization to its decay products with little e?ect from hadronization.


The Top at Threshold

The large top width is important at threshold because one of the quarks will typi? cally decay before the tt pair can form a bound state. Thus, unlike the case for c? c ? and b? the tt threshold will not be dominated by large resonances. However, for b, ? this very reason, it is possible to perform an accurate calculation of the tt threshold cross section in QCD perturbation theory. At the nth order in perturbation theory ? one ?nds a correction to the photon-tt vertex of order (αs /v)n , where v is the top quark velocity. The in?nite sum of these corrections which diverge as v → 0 can be written as the solution to a Schr¨dinger Green’s function equation o ? with E = √ ?2 + V (r) ? E GE (r) = δ 3 (r) mt (2)

s ? 2mt and with the QCD potential V (r) = ?(4/3)αs /r at short

? distances. The total cross section to tt pairs is then given in terms of the Green’s function by σ ? ImGE (0). For the bottom and charm quarks, the singularity at small velocities is cured by the QCD con?ning potential at long distances. For the top, however, Fadin and Khoze[3] showed that it was possible to include the width e?ects by replacing E → E + iΓt . The singularity is then cut o? by Γt with little dependence on 2

? Fig. 1: The tt cross section at threshold. The curves in (a) correspond to αs = .10, .11, .12, and .13. The curves in (b) are with αs ?xed to .12 and the top width set to 0.5, 0.8, 1.0, and 1.25 times its Standard Model value.

? the long distance potential. The tt threshold cross section can be unambiguously computed as a function of αs , Γt , and the top mass mt . In Fig. 1(a) I present a plot[4] of the cross section as a function of energy for a top quark of 180 GeV and several di?erent values of αs . One can see from this plot that the measurements of mt and αs are highly correlated; i.e., a change in mt can be substantially mimicked by a change in αs . It is still possible, however, to get a very precise value of mt . In a detailed Monte Carlo analysis using 11 cross section measurements of 1 fb?1 each, and assuming a nominal top mass of 170 GeV, Fujii et al.[5] were able to extract mt with an estimated error of 380 GeV with αs unconstrained. Certainly, the error will be even smaller if αs is known precisely from an independent experiment. The e?ect on the cross section of a nonstandard top quark width is shown 3

in Fig. 1(b) for a top quark of 150 GeV. Assuming αs is known exactly, Fujii et al. found that the width could be measured with a relative error of 18%. If the standard model Higgs is light enough, it can also a?ect the cross section by giving an additional contribution to the potential of ?V = (λ2 /4π)(1/r) exp(?mH r). For t Higgs bosons of less than about 100 GeV, Fujii et al. found that λt should be measurable to about 25%. ? Beyond simply measuring total tt cross section, one can probe the same parameters with di?erent error correlations by looking at kinematic distributions of the top quark. For example, the top quark momentum distribution can be obtained from the Green’s function solution to equation (2) by[6]
2 dσ ? ? GE+iΓt (p) . 3p d


Similarly, the top quark forward-backward asymmetry at threshold, arising from ? the interference between the di?erent tt angular momentum states will be observable.


The Top in Continuum

? In continuum e+ e? → tt production the obvious way to measure mt is by kinematic reconstruction of the event, in a manner similar to that used at the Tevatron. The advantage of the NLC is that the initial state is colorless, so that the events will be cleaner. However, the treatment of QCD radiation in the ?nal state must still be considered. The possibility of gluons radiating o? the top quarks and the bottom quarks, both before and after the top decay, renders this a nontrivial problem. In 4

Fig. 2: Top mass reconstruction distributions in the lepton+jets mode without (a) and with (b) detector energy smearing. The dotted histograms are at tree-level, the solid histograms are at O(αs ), and the smooth curve in (a) is the original Breit-Wigner distribution.

fact, recently there have been reports of discrepancies between O(αs ) calculations and standard Monte Carlo programs[7]. Although a complete phenomenological analysis of the continuum production is yet to be done, I have performed a simpli?ed analysis at O(αs ) in the production and the decay of the top quark, using the narrow top-width approximation[8]. Convoluting with a Breit-Wigner line shape for the top quark squared-momentum produces an infrared-?nite distribution in perturbative QCD. Fig. 2(a) displays the mass distribution for a 175 GeV top quark in the lepton+jets mode at a 400 GeV center-of-mass collider. The existence of an additional radiated gluon in the production or decay of the top quark can confound the event reconstruction, producing the degradation of the signal at O(αs ). Note, however, that the peak value of the distribution has not shifted. 5

In Fig. 2(b) I show the same distribution, but with Gaussian smearing of the ?nal-state lepton and jet energies due to the detector resolution. The smearing parameters used are
had σE 0.4 = √ , E E lep σE 0.15 = √ . E E


From this we see that, although QCD radiation e?ects are certainly non-negligible, the dominant systematic error will probably be due to detector resolution. The mass measurement in continuum is expected to be less accurate than at threshold, but it will de?nitely be useful due to the di?erent systematic errors involved in the two determinations. ? The process e+ e? → tt in continuum is probably the best place to study the couplings of the top quark to the photon and the weak gauge bosons. Expressed ? in terms of form factors, the γ, Z → tt production vertices are
i i iMi? = ie γ ? [Qi F1V + Qi F1A γ5 ] + V A

iσ ?ν qν i i i [QV F2V + Qi F2A γ5 ] , A 2mt


1 where the superscript is i = γ, Z. In this formula Qγ = Qγ = 2 , QZ = ( 4 ? 2 s2 )/sc, V A V 3 3 γ Z Z and QZ = (? 1 )/sc, so that at tree level in the standard model F1V = F1V = F1A = A 4

1 and all the others form factors are zero. The t → W + b decay vertex can be treated in an analogous fashion. The form factors are typically corrected by a few percent or less from QCD and electroweak loops. Thus, any large deviations would indicate new physics. Before beginning the analysis of the sensitivity of the NLC to these couplings, it is useful to re-emphasize the importance of polarization in the top quark interac? tions. In Fig. 3 I show the tt cross section as a function of the top quark production 6

? Fig. 3: tt cross section for left-polarized electrons.

angle for initial left-handed polarized electrons. By breaking down the event into helicity subprocesses, we see that much of the electron polarization is passed on to the top quarks. This spin transfer is perfect in the forward direction so that for large values of cos θ we obtain a sample of highly polarized top quarks. To make the most of this polarization, we must consider all of the helicity angles involved in the event. With Tim Barklow, I performed a tree-level study of the ? sensitivity to a maximum-likelihood analysis using all the information in the tt event[9]. The top mass was set to mt = 174 GeV, and the the NLC parameters √ were chosen to be s = 400 GeV, an integrated luminosity of 100 fb?1 , and 90% polarization for the electrons. Only the lepton+jets mode was included in the analysis, and a simple angular cut of | cos θlab | < 0.8 was applied to all of the visible ?nal-state particles.
Z Z In Fig. 4 I plot the 95% con?dence level contours for F1V and F1A , obtained from


Fig. 4: 95% con?dence level contours.

the maximum-likelihood analysis using a sample of 50 fb?1 each of right- and leftpolarized electrons. This exhibits the degree to which we can probe the anomalous couplings of the top quark to the Z boson at the NLC. Note that the measurement of ALR = (σL ? σR )/(σL + σR ) is crucial for constraining the vector coupling to the Z boson. In fact, the use of polarized beams increases the sensitivity to this coupling by as much as a factor of 2. The combined 95% con?dence level for the vector and axial-vector couplings yields an error of about 10% for this luminosity and these cuts. Surprisingly, the full maximum-likelihood analysis does not provide much extra sensitivity over an analysis based solely on the top quark production angle distribution—as long as the electron beam is polarized. A phenomenological analysis by Ladinsky and Yuan[10] of the production angle distribution of the top quark is consistent with these results. In summary, there is much beautiful physics of the top quark to be explored at


the Next Linear Collider. In this talk I have only touched the surface.

[1] P. Zerwas, in Physics and Experiments with Linear Colliders, R. Orava, P. Eerola, and M. Nordberg, eds. (World Scienti?c, Singapore, 1992); J. Kuhn, in Physics and Experiments with Linear e+ e? Colliders, F. Harris, S. Olsen, S. Pakvasa, and X. Tata, eds. (World Scienti?c, Singapore, 1993). [2] F. Abe et al. (CDF Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 74 (1995) 2626; S. Abachi et al. (D0 Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 74 (1995) 2632. [3] V. Fadin and V. Khoze, JETP Lett. 46 (1987) 525 and Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 48 (1988) 309; see also M. Strassler and M. Peskin, Phys. Rev. D43 (1991) 1500. [4] I would like to thank Michael Peskin for supplying me with Figs. 1(a) and (b). [5] K. Fujii, T. Matsui, and Y. Sumino, Phys. Rev. D50 (1994) 4341; Y. Sumino, Acta Phys. Polon. B25 (1994) 1837. [6] M. Jezabek, J. Kuhn, and T. Teubner, Z. Phys. C56, (1992) 653; M. Jezabek and T. Teubner, Z. Phys. C59, (1993) 669; Y. Sumino, K. Fujii, K.Hagiwara, H. Murayama, and C.-K. Ng, Phys. Rev. D47 (1993) 56. [7] L.H. Orr, T. Stelzer, and W.J. Stirling, Phys. Lett. B354 (1995) 442. 9

[8] C.R. Schmidt, preprint SCIPP-95/14 (1995), hep-ph-9504434. [9] T.L. Barklow and C.R. Schmidt, in DPF ’94: The Albuquerque Meeting, S. Seidel, ed. (World Scienti?c, Singapore, 1995). [10] G.A. Ladinsky and C.-P. Yuan, Phys. Rev. D49 (1994) 4415.



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