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SLAC-PUB-7981
Top-Charm Associated Production in High Energy e+e- Collisions

Abstract

The possibility of exploring the flavor changing neutral current $tcZ/tc\gamma$ couplings in the production vertex for the reaction $\epem\to t\bar c + \bar tc$ is examined. Using a model independent parameterization for the effective Lagrangian to describe the most general three-point interactions, production cross sections are found to be relatively small at LEP II, but potentially sizeable at higher energy \epem\ colliders. The kinematic characteristics of the signal are studied and a set of cuts are devised for clean separation of the signal from background. The resulting sensitivity to anomalous flavor changing couplings at LEP II with an integrated luminosity of $4\times 500$ pb$^{-1}$ is found to be comparable to their present indirect constraints from loop processes, while at higher energy colliders with $0.5-1$ TeV center-of-mass energy and $50-200$ fb$^{-1}$ luminosity, one expects to reach a sensitivity at or below the percentage level.

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