Unparticle Searches Through Gamma Gamma Scattering

Unparticle Searches Through Gamma Gamma Scattering

O. Çakır ocakir@science.ankara.edu.tr Department of Physics, Ankara University, 06100 Tandogan, Ankara, Turkey    K. O. Ozansoy oozansoy@physics.wisc.edu Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA Department of Physics, Ankara University, 06100 Tandogan, Ankara, Turkey
July 15, 2019

We investigate the effects of unparticles on scattering for photon collider mode of the future multi-TeV linear collider. We show the effects of unparticles on the differential, and total scattering cross sections for different polarization configurations. Considering 1-loop Standard Model background contributions from the charged fermions, and bosons to the cross section, we calculate the upper limits on the unparticle couplings to the photons for various values of the scaling dimension at TeV.

unparticle sector, gamma gamma scattering
14.80.-j, 12.90+b, 12.38Qk

I Introduction

Recently, a mind-blowing, and very interesting, new physics proposal has been presented by Georgi Georgi:2007ek (). According to this proposal, there could be a scale invariant sector with a nontrivial infrared fixed point living at a very high energy scale. Since any theory with massive fields cannot be scale invariant, the Standard Model(SM) is not a scale invariant theory. Therefore, such a scale invariant sector, if any, should consist of massless fields and would interact with the SM fields at the very high energies. One of the most striking low energy properties of that proposal is that using the low energy effective theory considerations one can calculate the possible effects of such a scale invariant sector for the TeV scale colliders.

In the Ref.Georgi:2007ek (), the fields of a very high energy theory with a nontrivial fixed point are called as BZ(for Banks-Zaks) fields according to Ref.Banks:1981nn (). Interactions of BZ operators with the SM operators are expressed by the exchange of particles with a very high energy mass scale in the following form


where BZ, and SM operators are defined as with mass dimension , and with mass dimension . Low energy effects of the scale invariant fields imply a dimensional transmutation. Thus, after the dimensional transmutation Eq.(1) is given as


where is the scaling mass dimension of the unparticle operator (in Ref.Georgi:2007ek (), ), and the constant is a coefficient function.

Using the low energy effective field theory approach, very briefly summarized above, in Refs Georgi:2007ek (), and Georgi:2007si () main properties of the unparticle physics are presented. A list of Feynman rules for the unparticles coupled to the SM fields, and several implications of the collider phenomenology are given in the Ref.Cheung:2007ue (). In this paper, our calculations are based on the conventions of the Ref.Cheung:2007ue ().

Searching for the new physics effects, the linear colliders have an exceptional advantageous for its appealing clean background, and the possibility for the options of , and colliders based on it. Recently, for the new physics searches, as a multi-TeV energy electron-positron linear collider, the Compact Linear Collider(CLIC) proposed and developed at CERN, is seriously taken into account. Numerous works on the CLIC have been done so far clic (). As other linear colliders, the CLIC would have the options for , and collider options, and possibilities of polarized beams. In this paper, we consider the collider option of the CLIC, to search for the unparticle physics effects. Our results can easily be extended for other possible future multi TeV-scale linear electron-positron colliders. In Ref. Ginzburg:1983 (), a detailed analysis on option of an collider has been given. Since process can only occur at loop-level in SM it gives a good opportunity to test of new physics which has tree level contributions to the scattering amplitude. Regarding this process, as new physics searches, for example, supersymmetry gounaris1999 (), large extra dimensions Cheung:1999ja (); davoudiasl1999 (), and noncommutative space-time effects hewett2001 () has been taken into account. Here, we study the effects of the unparticles on this process.

Ii Gamma Gamma Scattering

The lowest order SM contributions to the process are 1-loop contributions of the charged fermions, and bosons. In the limits, for mandelstam parameters, , and using certain symmetry arguments given in the Ref.Jikia:1993tc (); gounaris1999 () those 1-loop contributions can be expressed briefly. We present the corresponding 1-loop SM amplitudes in the Appendix A.1. Analysis of Fox et al. Fox:2007sy (), highlights that the existence of the scalar unparticle operator leads to the conformal symmetry breaking when the Higgs operator gets the vacuum expectation value. If this symmetry breaking occurs at low energies some strong constraints are imposed on the unparticle sector. Here, we assume that the effects of unparticle sector on future high energy collider energies could be measurable.

Using the low energy effective field theory assumptions of Ref.s Georgi:2007si (); Cheung:2007ue (), there are three tree level diagrams contributing to scattering amplitude from the exchange of the scalar unparticle which can be expressed with the following amplitudes




where and are the effective coupling and the energy scale for scalar unparticle operator, respectively 111Very recently, after the first version of this paper appeared online, Grinstein et al. Grinstein:2008qk () have commented on several issues related with the unparticle literature. Besides the comments on the scaling dimensions and the corrections in the form of the propagator for vector and tensor unparticles, they have pointed out that a generic unparticle scenario generates contact interactions between particles. Therefore, there could be generically a contribution like, for example, our Eq. 5 but without a q-dependent propagator. In our analysis we have not considered such contributions, in other words, for very high energy physics effects due to the unparticle sector, we consider only type interactions between unparticles and SM particles, and not consider type contact interactions between SM fields.. We use the appropriate form of the scalar unparticle propagator, . Since the mandelstam parameter there is a complex phase factor due to s-channel amplitude. Thus, for s-channel propagator one can consider Cheung:2007ue (). The implications of such a complex factor could be studied only through the interference terms 222After we put the first version of the present paper online, Chang et al. Chang:2008mk (), have discussed the implications of this phase in the same context of our paper.. The interesting features of this phase through s-channel interferences between SM and unparticle amplitudes have been discussed by Georgi:2007si (). In the calculations of the unpolarized and polarized cross sections, we use the expressions given in the Appendix. To give an idea about the unparticle effects on the unpolarized differential cross section with and without unparticle effects is plotted in Figure 1. In this figure, we choose TeV, and the values , and at TeV. One can see from Fig. 1, the unparticle effect increases while the scaling dimension approaches to 1. The unpolarized total cross section with respect to the center of mass energy of the mono-energetic photon beams with and without unparticle contributions is plotted in the Figure 2. For the unparticle effects in that plot, we assume, TeV, and we compare the shape of the distribution for , and .

Figure 1: The unpolarized differential cross sections with pure SM, and SM+ effects at TeV. For the unparticle effects, TeV, , and .
Figure 2: The unpolarized cross sections for SM, and SM+. For the unparticle effects, TeV, , and .

For the polarized cross section calculations of the back scattered photons, we define to be a helicity amplitude of scattering. And, we use the following definitions


where the summations are over the helicities of outgoing photons. Therefore, depending on the initial fermion polarization , and the laser beam polarization , the differential scattering cross section in terms of the average helicity can be written as


where is the photon number density, and is the average helicity function presented in the Appendix A.3, and as being the center of mass energy of the collider, is the reduced center of mass energy of the back-scattered photon beams, and is the energy fraction taken by the back-scattered photon beam. In our analysis, we follow the usual collider assumptions (for example Ref.sdavoudiasl1999 (); hewett2001 ()) and we take , and . Also, since we consider the kinematical region , in our analysis, we use the cuts , and which have been used in the literature, where is the maximum energy fraction of the back-scattered photon, and its optimum value is 0.83.

In Figure 3, and Figure 4, to present schematic behavior of the polarized cross section with or without unparticle contributions, we plot the total cross section for two different polarization configurations of initial beams. We use the following definitions for the polarization configurations: , and . Those figures could give an idea about the scaling dimension dependence of the unparticle contribution.

Figure 3: The total polarized cross sections for SM, and SM+ with the polarization configuration . Here, we assume TeV, and .
Figure 4: The total polarized cross sections for SM, and SM+ with the polarization configuration . Here, we assume TeV, and .

Iii Limits

Searching for the unparticle effects in a high energy scattering, we extract the upper limits on the unparticle coupling regarding the C.L. analysis. In the calculations, we use the standard chi-square analysis for the following function

Figure 5: The angular distribution for SM, and SM+ cross sections with the polarization configuration . Here, we assume TeV, and at TeV.
Figure 6: The angular distribution for SM, and SM+ cross sections with the polarization configuration . Here, we assume TeV, and at TeV.

where is the error on the measurement. For one sided chi-square analysis, we assume , and we take two possible luminosity values, , and per year. We calculate the upper limits on the coupling of scalar unparticles by performing a fit to binned photon angular distribution as shown in Fig. 5 and 6. For the signal and background calculation, we take into account only the statistical error on the SM distribution. However, the systematic errors should be considered including beam conversion, the photon-photon collisions and the detector effects for the detection of photons, if they are controlled well the limits can be improved and benefitted from the advantage of high luminosity. Our limits on are presented in the Table 1, and Table 2 for two polarization configurations.

GeV d=1.01 d=1.1 d=1.3 d=1.5 d=1.7 d=1.9
Table 1: Upper limits on the for the polarization configuration(++) for fb and GeV.
GeV d=1.01 d=1.1 d=1.3 d=1.5 d=1.7 d=1.9
Table 2: Upper limits on the for the polarization configuration(+-) for fb and GeV.

Since the the cross section is proportional with the , our limits can be restated regarding the corresponding behaviors of , and . In Figure 7 and 8, for the polarization configuration and , we plot the corresponding behaviors of and . Right hand side of each curve is ruled out according to the C.L. analysis. For the analysis schemes discussed above the similar results can easily be obtained for the other center of mass energies with low/high luminosities.

Figure 7: Upper limits on the scalar unparticle coupling depending on for (++) polarization at CLIC 5 TeV energy.
Figure 8: Upper limits on the scalar unparticle coupling depending on for (+-) polarization at CLIC 5 TeV energy.

In conclusion, for different values of the scaling dimension , we put upper limits on assuming the scalar unparticle effects on the polarized cross section can be distinguished from the SM contribution at C.L. In our analysis, we consider the multi-TeV CLIC electron-positron collider, which will be launched at the CERN, for the center of mass energies TeV- TeV, and the luminosities , and per year. Our calculations show that the limits on get more stringent as one increases the luminosity and the center of mass energy of the collider. Our limits are consistent with the limits calculated from other low and high energy physics implications, for example Anchordoqui:2007dp (); Balantekin:2007eg ().


It is a pleasure to thank B. Balantekin for many helpful conversations and discussions. KOO would like to thank to the members of the Nuclear Theory Group of University of Wisconsin for their hospitality, and acknowledges the support through the Scientific and Technical Research Council (TUBITAK) BIDEP-2219 grant. The work of O. C. was supported in part by the State Planning Organization (DPT) under grant no DPT-2006K-120470 and in part by the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEA) under grant no VII-B.04.DPT.1.05.

Appendix A

a.1 1-loop SM Amplitudes

The lowest order SM contributions to the process are 1-loop contributions of the charged fermions, and bosons. There are 16 helicity amplitudes contributing at the 1-loop level, and only three of them can be stated independently. We can choose them , and . In the limits, , the only significant contributions come from polarization configuration, and that can be expressed in the following form, Ref.Jikia:1993tc (); gounaris1999 (). For the W boson contribution,


for the fermion loop,


where is the fermion charge, is the mass of the fermion, and for the helicity amplitudes we use with the photon helicities . Using the assumptions given in gounaris1999 (), the other significant helicity amplitudes can be generated by using the relations and .

a.2 Expressions for unparticle contributions

In the calculations, we assume the following center of mass reference frame kinematical relations


where , etc., stand for the polarizations, and we assume that the summation is over the final state polarizations.

Therefore, one can find the following terms


The phase exp associates with the and channel interferences




After the first version of this paper appeared online, similar works have been appeared, Chang:2008mk (); Kikuchi:2008pr (). Our revised equations including the unparticle phase are in agreement with those papers. If one takes average over the squared helicity amplitudes then gets


a.3 Polarization Functions

Let and be the polarizations of the electron beam and the laser photon beam, respectively. According to Ginzburg:1983 (), following function can be defined


where , and describes the laser photon energy. Therefore, the photon number density is given by




The average helicity is given by



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