Subleading EW corrections and spin-correlation effects in tt¯ W multi-lepton signatures

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Recently a slight tension between data and predictions has been reported in tt¯ W production by both the CMS and ATLAS collaborations. We revisit the theoretical predictions for this process, focussing on the following two effects. We disentangle various effects that lead to asymmetries among the leptonic decay products of the (anti-)top quarks and W bosons, for which we find that the spin correlations in the top-quark pair are the dominant source. We also discuss the impact of the large, formally subleading, electroweak corrections to tt¯ W production at the LHC. We find that this effect changes the tt¯ W cross section significantly in the signature phase-space regions, and should therefore be included differentially in the theory to data comparisons.

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  • Subatomic Physics
Original languageEnglish
Article number803
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Volume80
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes