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Massive spin-2 states as the origin of the top quark forward-backward asymmetry

  • Author(s): Grinstein, B
  • Murphy, CW
  • Pirtskhalava, D
  • Uttayarat, P
  • et al.
Abstract

We show that the anomalously large top quark forward-backward asymmetry observed by CDF and DØ can naturally be accommodated in models with flavor-violating couplings of a new massive spin-2 state to quarks. Regardless of its origin, the lowest-order couplings of a spin-2 boson to fermions are analogous to the coupling of the graviton to energy/momentum, leading to strong sensitivity of the effects associated with its virtual exchange to the energy scales at hand. Precisely due to this fact, the observed dependence of the asymmetry on the tt invariant mass fits nicely into the proposed framework. In particular, we find a vast parameter space which can lead to the central value for the observed forward-backward asymmetry in the high mass bin. © 2012 SISSA.

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