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LHCb Collaboration; Anderson, J; Bernet, R; Bowen, E; Bursche, A; Chiapolini, N; Chrzaszcz, M; Graverini, E; Serra, N; Steinkamp, O; Straumann, U; Tresch, M; Vollhardt, A; Weiden, A; et al (2015). First observation of top quark production in the forward region. Physical Review Letters, 115(11):112001.

Abstract

Top quark production in the forward region in proton-proton collisions is observed for the first time. The $W\!+\!b$ final state with $W\to\mu\nu$ is reconstructed using muons with a transverse momentum, $p_{\rm T}$, larger than 25 GeV in the pseudorapidity range $2.0 < \eta < 4.5$. The $b$ jets are required to have $50 < p_{\rm T} < 100$ GeV and $2.2 < \eta < 4.2$, while the transverse component of the sum of the muon and $b$-jet momenta must satisfy $p_{\rm T} > 20$ GeV. The results are based on data corresponding to integrated luminosities of 1.0 and $2.0$ fb$^{-1}$ collected at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV by LHCb. The inclusive top quark production cross-sections in the fiducial region are $\sigma({\rm top})[7\rm{TeV}] = 239\pm53({\rm stat})\pm33({\rm syst})\pm24({\rm theory})\,{\rm fb}$ and $\sigma({\rm top})[8\rm{TeV}] = 289\pm43({\rm stat})\pm40({\rm syst})\pm29({\rm theory})\,{\rm fb}$. These results, along with the observed differential yields and charge asymmetries, are in agreement with next-to-leading order Standard Model predictions.

Abstract

Top quark production in the forward region in proton-proton collisions is observed for the first time. The $W\!+\!b$ final state with $W\to\mu\nu$ is reconstructed using muons with a transverse momentum, $p_{\rm T}$, larger than 25 GeV in the pseudorapidity range $2.0 < \eta < 4.5$. The $b$ jets are required to have $50 < p_{\rm T} < 100$ GeV and $2.2 < \eta < 4.2$, while the transverse component of the sum of the muon and $b$-jet momenta must satisfy $p_{\rm T} > 20$ GeV. The results are based on data corresponding to integrated luminosities of 1.0 and $2.0$ fb$^{-1}$ collected at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV by LHCb. The inclusive top quark production cross-sections in the fiducial region are $\sigma({\rm top})[7\rm{TeV}] = 239\pm53({\rm stat})\pm33({\rm syst})\pm24({\rm theory})\,{\rm fb}$ and $\sigma({\rm top})[8\rm{TeV}] = 289\pm43({\rm stat})\pm40({\rm syst})\pm29({\rm theory})\,{\rm fb}$. These results, along with the observed differential yields and charge asymmetries, are in agreement with next-to-leading order Standard Model predictions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:17 Feb 2016 11:59
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 20:08
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.112001
PubMed ID:26406821
Other Identification Number:arXiv:1506.00903v

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