Light Z bosons at the Tevatron

Matthew R. Buckley, Dan Hooper, Joachim Kopp, Ethan T. Neil

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New gauge bosons with standard model-like couplings to leptons are constrained by collider searches to be heavier than approximately ∼1TeV. A Z boson with suppressed couplings to leptons, however, could be much lighter and possess substantial couplings to standard model quarks. In this article, we consider a new leptophobic Z gauge boson as a simple and well-motivated extension of the standard model, and discuss several of its possible signatures at the Tevatron. We find that three of the recent anomalies reported from the Tevatron-in particular, the top-quark forward-backward asymmetry and excesses in the 3b and W+2 jets final states-could be explained by a new Z with a mass of approximately 150GeV, relatively large couplings to quarks, and suppressed couplings to electrons and muons. Moreover, we find that such a particle could also mediate the interactions of dark matter, leading to potentially interesting implications for direct detection experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115013
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 10 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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