Jan 2 – 7, 2018
Skeikampen, Norway
Europe/Oslo timezone

On interference and non-interference in the SMEFT

Jan 3, 2018, 5:45 PM
Skeikampen, Norway

Skeikampen, Norway

Hotellvegen 3, 2652 Svingvoll, Norway
Contributed talk Particle physics - theory Wednesday PM


Mr Andreas Helset


We discuss interference in the limit m^2W/s→0 in the Standard Model Effective Field Theory (SMEFT). Dimension six operators that contribute to ψ¯ψ→ψ′¯1ψ′2ψ′¯3ψ′4 scattering events can experience a suppression of interference effects with the Standard Model in this limit. This occurs for subsets of phase space in some helicity configurations. We show that approximating these scattering events by 2→2 on-shell scattering results for intermediate unstable gauge bosons, and using the narrow width approximation, can miss interference terms present in the full phase space. Such interference terms can be uncovered using off-shell calculations as we explicitly show and calculate. We also demonstrate that the SMEFT expansion and the narrow width approximation do not commute, and discuss some phenomenological implications of these results

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