Production of single heavy charged leptons at a linear collider

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De Pree E., Sher M., Turan İ.

PHYSICAL REVIEW D, vol.77, no.9, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 77 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevd.77.093001
  • Title of Journal : PHYSICAL REVIEW D


A sequential fourth generation of quarks and leptons is allowed by precision electroweak constraints if the mass splitting between the heavy quarks is between 50 and 80 GeV. Although heavy quarks can be easily detected at the LHC, it is very difficult to detect a sequential heavy charged lepton, L, due to large backgrounds. Should the L mass be above 250 GeV, it cannot be pair-produced at a 500 GeV ILC. We calculate the cross section for the one-loop process e(+)e(-)-> L tau. Although the cross section is small, it may be detectable. We also consider contributions from the two-Higgs doublet model and the Randall-Sundrum model, in which case the cross section can be substantially higher.