The top quark contribution to two-loop, purely electroweak radiative corrections is investigated in the case of the rho parameter, extracted from the ratio of neutral to charged current amplitudes in low-energy neutrino-lepton scattering. It is shown that the order O(G(mu)(2)m(t)(2)m(Z)(2) ) contribution is numerically comparable and shares the same sign with the leading O(G(mu)(2)m(t)(4)) term, for realistic values of the top and Higgs masses. The result raises doubts on the reliability of the heavy top approximation in the two-loop contributions to electroweak observables. A naive extrapolation of this result to LEP observables would suggest an overall two-loop electroweak contribution close to the ultimate experimental sensitivity.

DEGRASSI G, FANCHIOTTI S, FERUGLIO F, GAMBINO P, & VICINI A (1995). 2-LOOP CORRECTIONS TO THE HEAVY TOP LIMIT IN THE RHO-PARAMETER. PHYSICS LETTERS. SECTION B, 350(1), 75-84 [10.1016/0370-2693(95)00268-P].

2-LOOP CORRECTIONS TO THE HEAVY TOP LIMIT IN THE RHO-PARAMETER

DEGRASSI, GIUSEPPE;
1995

Abstract

The top quark contribution to two-loop, purely electroweak radiative corrections is investigated in the case of the rho parameter, extracted from the ratio of neutral to charged current amplitudes in low-energy neutrino-lepton scattering. It is shown that the order O(G(mu)(2)m(t)(2)m(Z)(2) ) contribution is numerically comparable and shares the same sign with the leading O(G(mu)(2)m(t)(4)) term, for realistic values of the top and Higgs masses. The result raises doubts on the reliability of the heavy top approximation in the two-loop contributions to electroweak observables. A naive extrapolation of this result to LEP observables would suggest an overall two-loop electroweak contribution close to the ultimate experimental sensitivity.
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