Measurement of the production cross-section of a single top quark in association with a W boson at 8 TeV with the ATLAS experiment

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    The cross-section for the production of a single top quark in association with a W boson in proton-proton collisions at √s = 8TeV is measured. The dataset corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 20.3 fb−1, collected by the ATLAS detector in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Events containing two leptons and one central b-jet are selected. The W t signal is separated from the backgrounds using boosted decision trees, each of which combines a number of discriminating variables into one classifier. Production of W t events is observed with a significance of 7.7σ. The cross-section is extracted in a profile likelihood fit to the classifier output distributions. The W t cross-section, inclusive of decay modes, is measured to be 23.0 ± 1.3(stat.)− 3.5 + 3.2(syst.)±1.1(lumi.) pb. The measured cross-section is used to extract a value for the CKM matrix element |Vtb| of 1.01 ± 0.10 and a lower limit of 0.80 at the 95% confidence level. The cross-section for the production of a top quark and a W boson is also measured in a fiducial acceptance requiring two leptons with pT> 25 GeV and |η| <2.5, one jet with pT> 20 GeV and |η| <2.5, and ET miss > 20 GeV, including both W t and top-quark pair events as signal. The measured value of the fiducial cross-section is 0.85 ± 0.01(stat.)− 0.07 + 0.07(syst.)±0.03(lumi.) pb.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number64
    Pages (from-to)1-48
    Number of pages48
    JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
    Volume2016
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

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    Measurement of the production cross-section of a single top quark in association with a W boson at 8 TeV with the ATLAS experiment. / The ATLAS Collaboration.

    In: Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol. 2016, No. 1, 64, 01.01.2016, p. 1-48.

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