Phenomenology of top-philic axion-like particles

Tentori, Simone (2022) Phenomenology of top-philic axion-like particles. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Physics [LM-DM270]
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Axion like particles (ALPs), i.e., pseudo-scalar bosons interacting via derivative couplings, are a generic feature of many new physics scenarios, including those addressing the strong-CP problem and/or the existence of dark matter. Their phenomenology is very rich, with a wide range of scales and interactions being directly probed at very different experiments, from accelerators to observatories. In this thesis, we explore the possibility that ALPs might indirectly affect precision collider observables. In particular, we consider an ALPs that preferably couple to the top quark (top-philic) and we study new-physics 1- loop corrections to processes involving top quarks in the final state. Our study stems from the simple, yet non-trivial observation that 1-loop corrections are infrared finite even in the case of negligible ALP masses and therefore can be considered on their own. We compute the 1-loop corrections of new physics analytically in key cases involving top quark pair production and then implement and validate a fully general next-to-leading-order model in MadGraph5_aMC@NLO that allows to compute virtual effects for any process of interest. A detailed study of the expected sensitivity to virtual ALPs in ttbar production at the LHC is performed.

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Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
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Tentori, Simone
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Corso di studio
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16 Dicembre 2022

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