We propose to probe the electroweak symmetry-breaking sector by measuring the effective couplings of the top quark to gauge bosons. Using precision CERN LEP data, we constrain the nonuniversal couplings of t-t-Z and t-b-W, parametrized by κLNC, κRNC, κLCC, and κRCC, in the electroweak chiral Lagrangian framework. Different scenarios of electroweak symmetry breaking will imply different correlations among these parameters. We find that at the order of mt2lnΛ2, in which Λ∼4πv is the cutoff scale of the effective theory, κLNC is already constrained by LEP data. In models with an approximate custodial symmetry, a positive κLCC is preferred. κRCC can be constrained by studying the direct detection of the top quark at the Fermilab Tevatron and the CERN LHC. At the NLC, κLNC and κRNC can be better measured.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)