Study of heavy-flavor quarks produced in association with top-quark pairs at s √ =7  TeV using the ATLAS detector

Agustoni, Marco; Ancu, Lucian; Battaglia, Andreas; Beck, Hans Peter; Borer, Claudia; Cervelli, Alberto; Ereditato, Antonio; Fonseca, Maria; Gallo, Valentina; Haug, Sigve; Kruker, Tobias; Marti, Lukas; Schneider, Basil; Sciacca, Gianfranco; Weber, Michael (2014). Study of heavy-flavor quarks produced in association with top-quark pairs at s √ =7  TeV using the ATLAS detector. Physical review. D - particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, D89(7), 072012. Melville, N.Y.: American Physical Society 10.1103/PhysRevD.89.072012

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Using a sample of dilepton top-quark pair (tt ¯ ) candidate events, a study is performed of the production of top-quark pairs together with heavy-flavor (HF) quarks, the sum of tt ¯ +b+X and tt ¯ +c+X , collectively referred to as tt ¯  + HF . The data set used corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 4.7  fb −1 of proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV recorded by the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The presence of additional HF (b or c ) quarks in the tt ¯ sample is inferred by looking for events with at least three b -tagged jets, where two are attributed to the b quarks from the tt ¯ decays and the third to additional HF production. The dominant background to tt ¯  + HF in this sample is tt ¯ +jet events in which a light-flavor jet is misidentified as a heavy-flavor jet. To determine the heavy- and light-flavor content of the additional b -tagged jets, a fit to the vertex mass distribution of b -tagged jets in the sample is performed. The result of the fit shows that 79 ± 14 (stat) ± 22 (syst) of the 105 selected extra b -tagged jets originate from HF quarks, 3 standard deviations away from the hypothesis of zero tt ¯  + HF production. The result for extra HF production is quoted as a ratio (R HF ) of the cross section for tt ¯  + HF production to the cross section for tt ¯ production with at least one additional jet. Both cross sections are measured in a fiducial kinematic region within the ATLAS acceptance. R HF is measured to be [6.2±1.1(stat)±1.8(syst)]% for jets with p T >25  GeV and |η|<2.5 , in agreement with the expectations from Monte Carlo generators.

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08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Laboratory for High Energy Physics (LHEP)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics (AEC)

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Agustoni, Marco, Ancu, Lucian, Battaglia, Andreas, Beck, Hans Peter, Borer, Claudia, Cervelli, Alberto, Ereditato, Antonio, Fonseca, Maria, Gallo, Valentina, Haug, Sigve, Kruker, Tobias, Marti, Lukas, Schneider, Basil, Sciacca, Gianfranco, Weber, Michele


500 Science > 530 Physics




American Physical Society




Jan Dirk Brinksma

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09 Jun 2015 14:55

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05 Dec 2022 14:47

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