Vector-like Quarks with a Scalar Triplet

Vector-like Quarks with a Scalar Triplet

Estefania Coluccio Leskow111Email: Travis A. W. Martin222Email: Alejandro de la Puente333Email: CONICET, IFIBA, Departamento de Física, FCEyN, Universidad de Buenos Aires,
Ciudad Universitaria, Pab. 1, (1428), Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2A3, Canada

We study a minimal extension to the Standard Model with an additional real scalar triplet, , and a single vector-like quark, . This class of models appear naturally in extensions of the Littlest Higgs model that incorporate dark matter without the need of -parity. We assume the limit that the triplet does not develop a vacuum expectation value and that all dimension five operators coupling the triplet to Standard Model fields and the vector-like quarks are characterized by the scale at which we expect new physics to arise. We introduce new non-renormalizable interactions between the new scalar sector and fermion sector that allow mixing between the Standard Model third generation up-type quark and the vector-like quark in a way that leads to the cancellation of the leading quadratic divergences to the one-loop corrections from the top quark to the mass of the Higgs boson. Within this framework, new decay modes of the vector-like quark to the real scalar triplet and SM particles arise and bring forth an opportunity to probe this model with existing and future LHC data. We contrast constraints from direct colliders searches with low energy precision measurements and find that heavy vector-like top quarks with a mass as low as GeV are consistent with current experimental constraints in models where new physics arises at scales below TeV.

Top Partner, Vector-Like Quark, Scalar Triplets, Naturalness, Electroweak Precision Constraints, Direct Collider Constraints
journal: Physics Letters B\biboptions


1 Introduction

Energies beyond the electroweak scale are now being probed by the LHC, and searches for new particles and interactions are now underway. While the discovery of the Higgs boson was a primary goal of the LHC Aad:2012tfa (); Chatrchyan:2013lba (), many believe that the resolution to the electroweak hierarchy problem should also be discoverable with the LHC. The ultraviolet sensitivity of the Higgs mass provides a strong motivation for physics at the TeV scale.

Within extensions of the Standard Model (SM), vector-like quarks are one attractive scenario to address the top quark contribution to the hierarchy problem. Within little Higgs models ArkaniHamed:2002qy (); Perelstein:2003wd (), new vector-like quarks are related to the SM chiral fields via symmetries and contribute to electroweak symmetry being broken collectively, where multiple operators act to protect the Higgs boson mass from developing a quadratic divergence. These operators also appear in light composite Higgs models Contino:2006qr (); Matsedonskyi:2012ym (), where the Higgs is a pseudo nambu-Goldstone boson with a potential generated by top quark loops with exotic coloured quarks appearing in the spectrum. Furthermore, extended symmetries that lead to this behaviour often also include new scalar fields, which need to be accounted for when applying precision and direct collider constraints to the models Schmaltz:2010ac (); Martin:2013fta (). Vector like quarks at the TeV scale are also strongly motivated in models where SM particles propagate in the bulk of an extra dimension Gherghetta:2000qt (); Grossman:1999ra (); Huber:2000ie (); Huber:2003tu (); Agashe:2003zs (); Agashe:2004bm (); Agashe:2004cp (); Agashe:2006at ().

In our study, we focus on a scenario of a toy model with an additional real scalar triplet, , and a single vector-like quark, . We assume that the triplet does not develop a vacuum expectation value (), and that all dimension five operators are parametrized by the scale at which we expect new physics to arise. Within our model, a vector-like top quark is supplemented to cancel the quadratic divergence to the Higgs mass that arise from top quark loops. Furthermore, additional decay modes of the vector-like top quark to the real scalar triplet and SM particles arise and bring forth an opportunity to probe this model with existing and future LHC data. This scenario is realized naturally in extensions of Little Higgs models aimed at providing a dark matter relic and decoupling the existence of TeV scale fermions from electroweak precision constraints Schmaltz:2010ac (); Martin:2013fta (). There exist two global symmetries within this class of models, and , with the same gauged subgroup and with different breaking scales, and , respectively. A crucial property of this setup is that only one combination of pseudo Nambu-Goldstone fields from the and sectors become the longitudinal component of the heavy gauge bosons. The orthogonal combination are physical degrees of freedom that couple to fermions and give rise to interesting phenomenology, such as new decay modes of heavy vector-like quarks.

Many precision constraints on our scenario and those mentioned above depend strongly on the values of coupling parameters in the model (often parametrized in terms of mixing angles), and place an upper limit on the value of the energy scales involved. Direct collider searches present an excellent complimentary search method by placing a lower limit on the same parameters - bounding the data by complimentary regions. In particular, we focus on three constraining measurements to study the parameter space of our model - the oblique parameters (, , and Peskin:1991sw (),  Baak:2012kk (), and searches from the LHC for heavy, vector-like quarks cmsHT (); atlasHT ().

This paper is organized as follows: in Section 2, we discuss the scalar sector of the toy model; we start by presenting the extension of the sector with the addition of a real scalar triplet, while in Section 2.2 we discuss the phenomenology that emerges from the implementation of a vector like top quark. In Section 3 we study the constraints to our model, while in Section 4 we present the results. In Section 5 we provide some concluding remarks.

2 Toy Model

2.1 Real Scalar Triplet

The possibility of extending the SM with a real triplet scalar has been extensively studied Gunion:1989ci (); Blank:1997qa (); Forshaw:2001xq (); Forshaw:2003kh (); Chen:2006pb (); Chankowski:2006hs (); SekharChivukula:2007gi (); 0811.3957 (); 1303.4490 (); Brdar:2013iea () since such extensions generally lead to suppressed contributions to electroweak precision observables (EWPO). The scalar Lagrangian for a toy model including all possible gauge invariant combinations of a Higgs doublet, , and an triplet, , given by


can be written as




is the scalar potential 1303.4490 (); 0811.3957 (), and the covariant derivatives are the standard , as in the SM.

The scalar potential can be minimized along the directions of the neutral components of both and , leading to two conditions:


where and are the vacuum expectation values, , of the neutral components of the SM complex doublet and the real triplet, respectively. This potential results in a mixing between the neutral and charged states, respectively, parametrized by mixing angles given by:


In the limit of , and for , the minima of the scalar potential occurs at and , and there is no mixing between similarly charged components of the complex doublet and real triplet at tree-level. This represents an accidental symmetry, as the potential remains invariant under the transformation .

In the most general scenario, the triplet is non-zero, there is no symmetry, and mixing does occur. This leads to contributions to the parameter proportional to , and a constraint that , or  GeV 0811.3957 (). Taking and to be , with to be  GeV, this translates to a constraint on to be  GeV. Since we are free to choose independent of other parameters. We choose the limit that and neglect the triplet , as these issues are covered in great detail in 0811.3957 (). This limit corresponds to a SM-like Higgs boson.

In the limit of no mixing, this toy model represents the addition of an inert scalar triplet to the SM, and the SM-like Higgs boson, , acquires a mass as in the SM, given by


The real triplet masses are degenerate at tree level, given by


This degeneracy will be broken by radiative corrections arising from the coupling between the triplet and the gauge bosons Cirelli:2005uq (); 0811.3957 (), resulting in a mass splitting of


where the functions and are given by


Furthermore, the above relation holds in the limit where the parameter does not receive tree level contributions. This is a realistic scenario within our framework since, in the limit of vanishing triplet , the parameter does not deviate from unity at tree-level 9906332 (). Thus, within the scenario of vanishing triplet , the scalar sector is parametrized by only three additional, independent parameters (), since the mass of the SM Higgs boson is fixed at GeV.

An extended Higgs sector containing multiplets in addition to the SM Higgs doublet can modify the Higgs couplings to fermions and gauge bosons. However, since an inert real scalar triplet does not mix with the SM Higgs doublet, tree-level modifications to the model’s couplings do not exist. In particular, the couplings involving the scalar bosons are given by 1303.4490 ()


where is the gauge coupling. In the case of an inert real triplet extension of the SM, the absence of mixing with the SM-like Higgs doublet results in the absence of couplings between / and fermions, and therefore no additional contributions to the vertex are present 9906332 (). However, since the triplet couples to electroweak gauge bosons at tree-level, it will generate one loop corrections to the gauge boson propagators, and thus contribute to the oblique parameters (, , ).

2.2 Real Scalar Triplet with a Vector-like Electroweak Singlet Quark

Vector-like quarks are an area of focus for LHC research, as colored objects are highly visible due to large cross sections at hadron colliders and they can affect the Higgs boson diphoton measurement through loop contributions to the effective vertex. Vector-like quarks are constrained both through effects in the flavor sector AguilarSaavedra:2002kr (); Botella:2012ju (); Fajfer:2013wca (); Aguilar-Saavedra:2013wba (); Botella:2013bsa (), and through direct detection measurements cmsHT (); atlasHT (); Tevatron ().

In the previous section, the scalar triplet did not mix with the SM Higgs doublet, and therefore it had no Yukawa interactions with leptons and quarks. In this section, the scalar triplet couples to fermions and vector-like quarks through new non-renormalizable interactions parametrizing new physics at a scale TeV. This class of models is strongly motivated by the Little Higgs frameworks, where the SM-like Higgs boson is a pseudo-Goldstone boson of a large global symmetry explicitly broken by gauge, Yukawa, and scalar interactions. ArkaniHamed:2002qy (); Perelstein:2003wd (); Schmaltz:2010ac (); Martin:2013fta ().

Recently, a number of studies have looked at models where additional scalars and vector-like quarks are introduced Berger:2012ec (); Wang:2012gm (); Kearney:2013cca (); Kearney:2013oia (); Fukano:2013aea (); Gillioz:2013pba (); Xiao:2014kba (); Karabacak:2014nca (); Bahrami:2014ska (). Within the context of a vector-like singlet fermion, these studies have focused either on renormalizable interactions between the new scalar sector and the new fermion sector Xiao:2014kba (); Karabacak:2014nca (), or focused on renormalizable interactions induced through mixing that arises in the scalar sector and its effects on the SM Yukawa interactions Wang:2012gm (); Kearney:2013cca (); Bahrami:2014ska (). Our approach is to introduce new non-renormalizable interactions between the new scalar sector and fermion sector in a scenario that allows mixing between the SM third generation up-type quark and the vector-like quark in a way that results in the cancellation of the leading quadratic divergences to the one-loop corrections to the mass of the Higgs boson.

We expand our toy model by extending the Yukawa sector of the Standard Model through the following dimension five operators:


where , . We neglect interactions with the lighter generations of fermions. The effects of mixing between a single vector-like quark and all three generations of SM quarks have been recently studied in Fajfer:2013wca (), including non-renormalizable interaction between quarks and the Higgs boson. Their study focuses on both di-Higgs and single Higgs couplings to quarks and takes into account all constraints arising from low energy flavor observables Blankenburg:2012ex (); Harnik:2012pb (). They show that significant modifications to these Higgs properties are possible and set bounds on the off-diagonal couplings between the heavy vector-like quark and the light generations. Within our study a similar approach could be taken, including a similar generalization of the couplings over all generations to include off-diagonal couplings to the light generations in the mass eigenstate basis. However, the off-diagonal couplings will be small since they would be modified by the mixing between the heavy vector-like quark with the top quark and the CKM terms involving the top quark and the light generations. In addition, a renormalizable term proportional to is not included, as it can be rotated away through a trivial field redefinition. We have ignored dimension five operators of the form since in the limit of small mixing between and , the contributions from these operators to exotic decays of the heavy vector-like quark are negligible. The parameters are free parameters taken to be of order .

We assume that the triplet scalar contributes negligibly to electroweak symmetry breaking (EWSB), and so the third generation up-type quarks, , mix with the vector-like quarks, as in minimal singlet vector-like extensions of the SM GenericSVQ (). The mass matrix between the third generation up-type quark and the heavy vector-like quark is given by


where is the of the Higgs doublet. The mixing between the electroweak eigenstates can be parametrized in the following way:


where and . These mixing angles can be expressed in terms of the parameters introduced in Equation (13) and expanded in inverse powers of . To order , the mixing angles, in terms of the fundamental model parameters, are given by


and the masses of the SM top quark and the heavy third generation up-type quark, , are given by


Higher order terms in the expansion are taken into account in our numerical routines, in order to maintain consistency with powers of .

Since we neglect the of the triplet as small, one can use the general parametrization of the Lagrangian introduced in Equation (13), to express the couplings of the top quark and the heavy vector-like quark to the SM Higgs boson, , as in Fajfer:2013wca ()


where the sum is over . The above parametrization can be used to express the condition for the cancellation of the quadratic divergences to the mass of the SM-like Higgs boson by


In terms of our toy model, this relationship can be expressed as Fajfer:2013wca (),


which is used to reduce the number of degrees of freedom in the quark sector by one.

This setup opens the possibility for new decay modes of the heavy top mass eigenstate, in particular, and , in addition to the ones normally studied in minimal vector-like extensions of the SM (). The relevant couplings involving these new modes are given by


Furthermore, because of the nature of the operators inducing these decays, the branching ratios to these new modes can be large in the small mixing region between the SM top quark and the heavy vector-like top quark. The new neutral scalar state then decays to and/or , while the charged scalar decays to , depending on the mass. The relevant couplings between the new scalar states and the and fermions are:


Given the constraints on the top mass (Equation (17)), GeV, and the cancellation of the quadratic divergences, Equation (20), we reduce our degrees of freedom in the heavy quark sector by two. Furthermore, we choose the more phenomenological parameters of the heavy top mass, , and the sine of the left-handed mixing angle, , leaving , , and as the remaining fundamental parameters. These remaining parameters we fix for several different scenarios and use Equations (16),(17), and (20) to solve for . In addition, since the bare mass of the vector-like quarks is given by , the validity of the effective model will be for values of . Our results are shown in the plane.

At the one-loop level, the dimension five operators will necessarily generate an term, which was previously neglected, in addition to contributing to the other scalar parameters. Due to the lack of constraints on the other parameters, we are free to absorb the one-loop contributions to the other scalar parameters without loss of generality. Ignoring the logarithmic contribution as sub-leading, we find:


Thus, maintaining the limit of represents a large degree of fine-tuning. To avoid fine tuning, we must assume that is not significantly smaller than the largest of or , and re-consider the constraints that come from the triplet . As before, taking and to be , with to be  GeV, the constraint on translates to a constraint on to be  GeV. Except for very small values of , we have ensured that this constraint is not violated over the entire parameter space that we consider. In addition, our assumption that the triplet does not contribute significantly to the masses of the fermions is an acceptable approximation, since .

3 Constraints

Constraints on our model come from three primary sources - contributions to the oblique parameters (, , ), extra one-loop contributions to the vertex, and direct collider constraints from searches for heavy vector-like quarks.

3.1 Oblique Parameters

The corrections to , and can be parametrized as


where , the functions denote the coefficients of the metric in the gauge boson inverse propagators, is the fine structure constant and are the cosine and sine of the Weinberg angle respectively. The current experimental bounds on the oblique parameters are Baak:2012kk ()

Contributions to the oblique parameters from a real scalar triplet have been studied in Forshaw:2001xq (); Forshaw:2003kh (); Chen:2006pb (); Chankowski:2006hs (); SekharChivukula:2007gi (); 0811.3957 (), and are given by


in the limit of small , where . In the limit of vanishing triplet and no couplings to fermions, the contributions to the and parameters are largely suppressed, since the mass difference between the charged and neutral components of only arise due to radiative corrections coming from the coupling of to the and gauge bosons. The additional contribution to the mass splitting from the couplings to the heavy quark sector is also expected to be small, as all couplings are further suppressed by factors of .

Corrections to the oblique parameters from the heavy quark sector arise solely due to the mixing between and . In particular, only one-loop corrections to the and parameters arise. These are given by Xiao:2014kba ()



denotes the SM contribution to the parameter that arises from a loop of SM top and bottom quarks. From the above two equations one can easily see that this constraint is strong in the large mixing limit of our model. In particular, these constraints are identical to those that arise within a simple renormalizable extension of the SM Yukawa sector with a pair of singlet vector-like quarks,  GenericSVQ (). Within this class of models, a GeV heavy top quark is ruled out in the region where and the constraint on becomes stronger for larger values of the heavy top mass, . Therefore, we expect our toy model to be restricted to within the region of parameter space with small .


The effective coupling has been measured with excellent accuracy at LEP and forms a strong constraint on new physics. Within the SM, the vertex, including leading one-loop contributions from the top quark, can be parametrized by the following couplings:


where the above expressions have been normalized by a factor of . Within this toy model, contributions from both the mixing between the SM top quark and the heavy fermion, as well as the tree-level coupling of the charged scalar to the gauge boson given in Equation (12) lead to deviations from the SM predictions of the following precision observables on the resonance Baak:2012kk ():


where denote the fraction of - and -quarks produced in decays and & denote the forward-backward and polarized asymmetries, respectively, in the production of -quarks from decays as predicted by the SM. Using the first order expressions found in GenericSVQ (), any deviation from the SM prediction may be factorized as:


where and denote the shifts in the effective coupling introduced in Equation (34).

Figure 1: Feynman diagrams of new contributions to the effective vertex.

In the ’t Hooft-Feynman gauge, one-loop corrections to arise from loops where the longitudinal components of the and gauge bosons are just the Goldstone modes, and in Equation (1), and when accounting for mixing between the heavy top quark, , and the SM top quark, . Additional one-loop contributions also arise from the new charged scalar, . The new diagrams are summarized in Figure 1. The leading contributions to from the Goldstone modes, including the mixing between and , are proportional to and and can be expressed as


while the leading contributions from the charged scalar, , are proportional to and and are given by


The three-point integral factors, and can be found in 9906332 (); CapdequiPeyranere:1990qk (), where we have used the definitions:


where and denotes the mass of either the charged goldstone mode (with mass equal to the mass of gauge boson), or of the charged scalar, . The couplings between the charged scalars and fermions in Equations (37)-(38) are given by


while the couplings between the gauge boson and fermions are given by


with .

Our constraints from the measurements are based on the latest experimental results ALEPH:2005ab ():


We calculate a confidence level upper limit on each individual observable assuming that the contributions to are negligible, since these are proportional to the bottom Yukawa coupling, , when the Goldstone mode propagates in the loop and proportional to for a charged scalar, . We find that the strongest limit is set by which constrains the deviation on the in the range . Furthermore, it has been shown that the measurement of can be used to constrain new physics models that predict modifications to the vertex, in particular models with an underlying flavor structure for the new physics Bsmumu (). However, the constraint on the vertex correction used in our analysis is comparable to that derived from . We find that the constraints arising from corrections to the oblique parameters place far more stringent limits on the parameter space of this model.

3.3 Searches for heavy, vector-like quarks at the LHC

Both CMS cmsHT () and ATLAS atlasHT () have performed searches for heavy, vector-like, charge quarks, assuming that these states can decay to only three possible final states, , and , with the sum of the branching ratios equalling unity. With the masses of the decay products well known, a thorough analysis of the acceptance rates is determinable for all signal regions, and accurate lower limits can be extrapolated for any model with a heavy quark that is limited to these decay modes. However, these results are not immediately transferable to our toy model due to the possibility of extra decay modes.

The idea of using an existing analysis to constrain beyond the SM (BSM) scenarios and applying it to a different BSM scenario has been studied very recently and introduced as a data recasting procedure to set limits on extensions of the SM Barducci:2014ila (). We perform a similar data recasting analysis, except accounting for the extra decay modes allowed in our toy model.

The analyses carried out by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations assume pair production of the heavy top quark. This production mode is dominated by QCD production, and the cross section is determinable in a model independent fashion from the work in Berger:2009qy (), or using the HATHOR coding package HATHOR (). In particular, we focus on the CMS results and similarly use the HATHOR package to calculate our production cross sections. The CMS study establishes four signal regions (SR) that are sensitive to the presence of new heavy quarks with masses above 500 GeV: opposite-sign dilepton with two or three jets (OS1), opposite sign dilepton with five or more jets (OS2), same-sign dilepton (SS), and trilepton (Tri). The branching ratio independent efficiencies have been provided on the CMS wiki page for the study, showing the acceptance efficiency for all six combinations of , and branching ratios.

For each channel, , the CMS study has provided the number of observed events , as well as the number of expected background events with a corresponding uncertainty. From these values, we have determined the 95% C.L. excluded number of signal events, , using the single-channel method, adapted from the CHECKMate program checkmate (). For (OS1, OS2, SS, Tri), the values of are (12.05, 30.43, 13.16, 5.58), assuming a Gaussian distributed probability distribution function for the uncertainty on the background events, and a negligible uncertainty on the signal events.

The acceptance efficiency, , for each permutation, , of two of the decay modes (, and ) is provided for each of the four signal regions, , in the Wiki page for the CMS study. From these, the number of signal events can be calculated as


for integrated luminosity and cross section calculated with HATHOR. This is the identical procedure described in cmsHT (). The CMS study provides a list of the number of signal events they calculated for the branching ratio point, , which we use to compare our calculation. Figure 2 shows the comparison of our calculated signal events for between 500 and 1100 GeV, which amounts to at most a 4% difference. This difference is due to the rough rounding in the quoted CMS results, which has a larger effect on the smaller event rates that occur at higher masses. However, these have a negligible effect on our final results.

Figure 2: Ratio of our calculated event rates to the CMS quotes event rates for the branching ratio point. The red line corresponds to the OS1 signal region, blue to the OS2 signal region, green to the SS signal region, and orange to the Tri signal region.

To estimate the acceptance rate for the new decay modes, we scale the provided acceptance efficiencies by the ratio of branching ratios that produce the tagged states for each of the signal regions. For the final state, the following acceptance efficiencies were used:


where indicates the signal region (OS1, OS2, SS, Tri) as described previously, and represents the other decay mode (, , ). Similarly for the decay mode, the following acceptance efficiency was used:


The results are relatively insensitive to changes in choice between and for the charged decay mode, and between and for the neutral decay mode, indicating that the branching-ratio-independent acceptance rates (ratio of the efficiency to the branching ratio combinations that identically reproduces the signal region of interest) are more dependent on the masses and kinematics than the decay mode itself.

With this approach, we extend the CMS analysis and incorporate additional -quark decay modes, , using the extracted efficiencies to set new limits on the vector-like top quark mass. We use the branching-ratio-independent acceptance rates, in combination with the branching ratios for the new decay modes (and the relevant branching ratios of the and ), to estimate the number of events for each SR. We assume that the new scalars decay exclusively to third generation quarks ( and ), ignoring small CKM mixing effects. The new scalars are forbidden from decaying to pairs of gauge bosons, and the lack of mixing with the prevents the possibility of an decay mode.

Figure 3: Ternary plots showing the direct constraints from the CMS search for heavy top quarks, for arbitrary combinations of , , , and . Each branching ratio has a maximum value at the labeled corner, with a branching ratio of 0 on the opposing side. White markers indicate the progress of the simplified model branching ratio location for varying , where the end points ( and ) have been labeled.

The direct search constraints are summarized in Figure 3 as ternary plots for five different values of , for all possible combinations of the other three possible decay modes (, , ). The couplings of the heavy top partner to the Higgs and the electroweak gauge bosons as a function of the mixing between the SM top and the heavy top, is depicted by the white solid dots. Furthermore, the relationship between the decay modes does not change as the value of X increases. In addition, one can see from the figures, which represent slices of a tetrahedron, that as the value of increases, the decay of the heavy top is dominated by a single channel. This results in a scenario excluded at a fixed value of the heavy top mass for any combination of the original three decay modes, (, , ).

4 Results

Figure 4: The triplet + vector-like top quark model in the plane corresponding to three values of and using . The grey and red regions are excluded by the observable and the vertex, respectively. The yellow region bounded by the outermost solid yellow line is excluded by CMS search for production discussed in the text. The dashed green, blue, orange, and black contours correspond to heavy top branching ratios of and respectively. (Labels included in figure for greyscale version.)

Using the couplings introduced in Equation (23) we can calculate the branching ratios of a heavy vector-like top quark within the toy model introduced in Section 2.2. In order to extract the limits on the heavy top quark mass, we vary the left-handed mixing angle, , and the mass of the heavy top, . Furthermore, we analyze our model for different values of and fix . The values of and are fixed to . We assume that such that contributions to are negligible. In this way, we fix all parameters to reasonable values. We impose the constraint on the top quark mass, the condition that leads to a solution to the Hierarchy Problem and choose to vary only and . The results are shown in Figure 4 for three values of . Within the figure, the grey and red regions are excluded by the observable and the measurement of the vertex, respectively. The dashed green, blue, orange, and black contours correspond to heavy top branching ratios of and respectively.

The two lightest yellow regions describes the exclusions from the CMS search for production when applied to model examined in this paper, where the lighter region corresponds to the model as described and the middle region corresponds to the situation where the scalar triplet masses are too heavy to allow the additional decay channels. The darkest yellow region describes the region excluded by the CMS search when we assume the decay products of the are not identified by the detector; this region is included purely for contrast. We see in all three cases of that the appearance of new decays modes of the heavy vector-like quark rules out a slightly larger area of parameter space, but approached a standard three-decay mode scenario as increases. Furthermore, for GeV; we obtain values of that are greater than one for vector-like masses, , above GeV putting in question the validity of the effective model. Larger values of result in suppression of the and couplings, driving the branching ratio to the new states down. In addition, values of above TeV yield values of below unity in the region of consistent with experimental constraints and for vector-like masses below TeV.

Furthermore, in all three cases, a branching ratio to a new decay mode can be as large as when mixing between the SM top quark and the vector-like quark is small. This may serve as motivation for an in depth search that includes a decay mode corresponding to three top quarks at the LHC or incorporating tagging in future LHC searches, which would be a signature of a model that couples to fermions with Yukawa-like strengths.

The above results were generated by fixing the parameters to 2.5, enhancing the partial widths of the vector-like top quark to the real triple scalar for not too large values of . However, it is interesting to analyze the case where the parameters are related to respectively. This relation is not unnatural since it may be the result of a more fundamental symmetry relating the couplings in the fermion Lagrangian, as will be seen in the next section. In our study, the values of and are found by fixing the values of the top quark mass to GeV as well as the heavy top mass using Equation (17). The results are shown in Figure 5, where we have fixed the value of to GeV, and used . In the figure, the black dashed line corresponds to a branching ratio of the vector-like quark to the new scalar modes of . Thus, the main decay modes of the vector-like top quark are the modes studied in minimal vector-like extensions of the SM, . This is clear since the existence of a new decay mode with a very small branching ratio is indistinguishable from the case of a decoupled scalar triplet or when the scalar triplet cannot be identified by the detector for . The smallness of the new branching ratio is mainly due to the fact that for small mixing angles, , not ruled out by the -parameter, tends to be small.

Figure 5: The triplet + vector-like top quark model in the plane corresponding to