Motivated by evidence that the top quark mass lies near the b WZ threshold, we compute the decay rate for t → b WZ in the Standard Model, including the effects of the finite widths of the W and Z bosons. In the limit where the width effects are negligible, our results disagree with previously published calculations. We also examine the decay t → b WH. Although the widths induce a sizable enhancement near threshold for both decays, we find that the rates are still too small to be observed in the present generation of experiments. This means that detection of either mode in one of these experiments would be a signal of new physics.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics