Quark contact interactions are an important signal of new physics. We introduce a model in which the presence of a symmetry protects these new interactions from giving large corrections in flavor changing processes at low energies. This minimal model provides the basic set of operators which must be considered to contribute to the high-energy processes. To discuss their experimental signature in jet pairs produced in proton-proton collisions, we simplify the number of possible operators down to two. We show (for a representative integrated luminosity of 200pb -1 at √s=7TeV) how the presence of two operators significantly modifies the bound on the characteristic energy scale of the contact interactions, which is obtained by keeping a single operator.

Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics

Bazzocchi, F. (F.), De Sanctis, U. (U.), Fabbrichesi, M. (M.), & Tonero, A. (2012). Quark contact interactions at the LHC. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 85(11). doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.85.114001