We compute the t --> WZb decay rate, in the Standard Model, at the leading order in perturbation theory, with special attention to the effects of the finite widths of the W and Z bosons. These effects are extremely important, since the t --> WZb decay occurs near its kinematical threshold. They increase the value of the decay rate by orders of magnitude near threshold or allow it below the nominal threshold. We discuss a procedure to take into account the finite-width effects and compare the results with previous studies of this decay. Within the Standard Model, for a top quark mass in the range between 170 and 180 GeV, we find BR(t --> WZb) similar or equal to 2 x 10(-6), which makes the observation at the LHC very difficult if at all possible. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

The t -> WZb decay in the Standard Model: a critical reanalysis

Conti L;
2001-01-01

Abstract

We compute the t --> WZb decay rate, in the Standard Model, at the leading order in perturbation theory, with special attention to the effects of the finite widths of the W and Z bosons. These effects are extremely important, since the t --> WZb decay occurs near its kinematical threshold. They increase the value of the decay rate by orders of magnitude near threshold or allow it below the nominal threshold. We discuss a procedure to take into account the finite-width effects and compare the results with previous studies of this decay. Within the Standard Model, for a top quark mass in the range between 170 and 180 GeV, we find BR(t --> WZb) similar or equal to 2 x 10(-6), which makes the observation at the LHC very difficult if at all possible. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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