A new method to distinguish hadronically decaying boosted Z bosons from W bosons using the ATLAS detector

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    The distribution of particles inside hadronic jets produced in the decay of boosted W and Z bosons can be used to discriminate such jets from the continuum background. Given that a jet has been identified as likely resulting from the hadronic decay of a boosted W or Z boson, this paper presents a technique for further differentiating Z bosons from W bosons. The variables used are jet mass, jet charge, and a b-tagging discriminant. A likelihood tagger is constructed from these variables and tested in the simulation of W→ WZ for bosons in the transverse momentum range 200 GeV <pT<400 GeV in s= 8 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. For Z-boson tagging efficiencies of ϵZ= 90 , 50, and 10 % , one can achieve W+-boson tagging rejection factors (1 / ϵW+ ) of 1.7, 8.3 and 1000, respectively. It is not possible to measure these efficiencies in the data due to the lack of a pure sample of high pT, hadronically decaying Z bosons. However, the modelling of the tagger inputs for boosted W bosons is studied in data using a tt¯ -enriched sample of events in 20.3 fb- 1 of data at s= 8 TeV. The inputs are well modelled within uncertainties, which builds confidence in the expected tagger performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number238
    JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
    Volume76
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 1

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    A new method to distinguish hadronically decaying boosted Z bosons from W bosons using the ATLAS detector. / The ATLAS Collaboration.

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