Open windows for a light axigluon explanation of AtFB

Moira Gresham, Jessie Shelton, Kathryn M. Zurek

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Abstract: The top forward-backward asymmetry (AtFB) measured at the Tevatron remains one of the most puzzling outstanding collider anomalies. After two years of LHC running, however, few models for A tFB remain consistent with LHC data. In this paper we take a detailed look at the most promising surviving class of models, namely light (mg' ≲ 450 GeV), broad axigluons. We show which models simultaneously satisfy constraints from Tevatron and LHC top measurements, hadronic resonance searches, and LEP precision electroweak (PEW) observables. We consider three flavor structures: flavor-universal; down-type nonuniversal, designed to ease constraints from LHC charge asymmetry measurements; and top-type nonuniversal, designed to ameliorate constraints from PEW. We compute contributions to the PEW observables from states in the minimal UV completion of the axigluon model and demonstrate that new heavy fermions make the constraints universally more stringent, while related contributions from new scalars are much smaller, but act to relax the constraints. Paired dijet searches from ATLAS and CMS rule out all narrow axiglue models, while the LHC charge asymmetry measurement is less constraining than expected due to the high central value measured by ATLAS. Excepting the tension with the CMS charge asymmetry measurement, a broad axigluon is consistent with all data over the entire mass range we consider (50 GeV ≲ mg' ≲ 450 GeV) in the flavor-universal and top-type nonuniversal models, while it is consistent for mg' ≳ GeV in the down-type non-universal model. The LHC charge asymmetry remains the best avenue for excluding, or observing, these models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number008
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 22 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Electromagnetic Processes and Properties
  • Keywords: Beyond Standard Model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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