Measurement of the W boson polarisation in tt¯ events from pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV in the lepton + jets channel with ATLAS

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Abstract

This paper presents a measurement of the polarisation of W bosons from tt¯ decays, reconstructed in events with one high-pT lepton and at least four jets. Data from pp collisions at the LHC were collected at s = 8 TeV and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 20.2 fb- 1. The angle θ∗ between the b-quark from the top quark decay and a direct W boson decay product in the W boson rest frame is sensitive to the W boson polarisation. Two different W decay products are used as polarisation analysers: the charged lepton and the down-type quark for the leptonically and hadronically decaying W boson, respectively. The most precise measurement of the W boson polarisation via the distribution of cos θ∗ is obtained using the leptonic analyser and events in which at least two of the jets are tagged as b-quark jets. The fitted fractions of longitudinal, left- and right-handed polarisation states are F0=0.709±0.019, FL=0.299±0.015 and FR=-0.008±0.014, and are the most precisely measured W boson polarisation fractions to date. Limits on anomalous couplings of the Wtb vertex are set. © 2017, CERN for the benefit of the ATLAS collaboration.

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  • Mohamed Premier University
  • Aix-Marseille University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Texas
  • Institute of Physics Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
  • University of Paris-Sud
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Originalspråkengelska
Artikelnummer264
TidskriftEuropean Physical Journal C
Volym77
Utgåva nummer4
StatusPublished - 2017
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa