Differential top-antitop cross-section measurements as a function of observables constructed from final-state particles using pp collisions at √s = 7TeV in the ATLAS detector

G Aad, B. Abbott, J. Abdallah, S. Abdel Khalek, O. Abdinov, R. Aben, B. Abi, The ATLAS collaboration

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Abstract

Various differential cross-sections are measured in top-quark pair (tt¯) events produced in proton-proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of s√=7 TeV at the LHC with the ATLAS detector. These differential cross-sections are presented in a data set corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 4.6 fb−1. The differential cross-sections are presented in terms of kinematic variables, such as momentum, rapidity and invariant mass, of a top-quark proxy referred to as the pseudo-top-quark as well as the pseudo-top-quark pair system. The dependence of the measurement on theoretical models is minimal.

The measurements are performed on tt¯ events in the lepton+jets channel, requiring exactly one charged lepton and at least four jets with at least two of them tagged as originating from a b-quark. The hadronic and leptonic pseudo-top-quarks are defined via the leptonic or hadronic decay mode of the W boson produced by the top-quark decay in events with a single charged lepton. Differential cross-section measurements of the pseudo-top-quark variables are compared with several Monte Carlo models that implement next-to-leading order or leading-order multi-leg matrix-element calculations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages56
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume2015
Issue number100
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • proton-proton collisions
  • hadron-hadron scattering
  • top physics

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