Nonperturbative evidence for nondecoupling of heavy fermions

Kenichiro Aoki, Santiago Peris

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We investigate, using a 1/N expansion, the behavior of a parameter in the scalar-fermion sector of the standard model that shows perturbative nondecoupling as the fermion becomes heavy. This low-energy parameter is related to the S parameter defined through W3-B mixing. We obtain the leading 1/N contribution to this parameter that, if expanded perturbatively, collapses to its constant one-loop result. Nonperturbatively, we find that as the mass of the fermion approaches the triviality scale the behavior of the parameter is nonuniversal and shows nondecoupling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1743-1746
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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