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      Top quark FCNC decays and productions at LHC in littlest Higgs model with T-parity

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          In the littlest Higgs model with T-parity (LHT) the newly introduced mirror quarks have flavor-changing couplings with the Standard Model (SM) quarks and may enhance the flavor-changing neutral-current (FCNC) top quark interactions which are extremely suppressed in the SM. In this work we perform a comprehensive study for the contributions of these mirror fermions to various top quark FCNC decays and productions at the LHC, which includes the decays t-> c V (V=g, \gamma, Z), t -> cgg and the productions proceeding through the parton processes cg -> t, gg -> t c_bar, cg -> tg, cg -> t\gamma and cg -> t Z. We find that although these FCNC processes can be greatly enhanced by the LHT contributions, they are hardly accessible at the LHC. Therefore, the LHT model may not cause the FCNC problem in the top quark sector if the top quark property is proved to be SM-like at the LHC.

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          Little-Higgs corrections to precision data after LEP2

          We reconsider little-Higgs corrections to precision data. In five models with global symmetries SU(5), SU(6), SO(9) corrections are (although not explicitly) of `universal' type. We get simple expressions for the Shat, That, W, Y parameters, which summarize all effects. In all models Shat > (W+Y)/2 and That, W, Y\ge 0. Results differ from previous analyses, which are sometimes incomplete, sometimes incorrect, and because we add LEP2 e ebar --> f fbar cross sections to the data set. Depending on the model the constraint on f ranges between 2 and 20 TeV. We next study the `simplest' little-Higgs model (and propose a new related model) which is not `universal' and affects precision data due to the presence of an extra Z' vector. By restricting the data-set to the most accurate leptonic data we show how corrections to precision data generated by a generic Z' can be encoded in four effective Shat, That, W, Y parameters, giving their expressions.

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            31 March 2009


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