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Measurement of the top quark forward-backward production asymmetry and its dependence on event kinematic properties


CDF Collaboration; et al; Canelli, F; Kilminster, B (2013). Measurement of the top quark forward-backward production asymmetry and its dependence on event kinematic properties. Physical Review D (Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology), 87(9):092002.

Abstract

We present new measurements of the inclusive forward-backward tt¯ production asymmetry, AFB, and its dependence on several properties of the tt¯ system. The measurements are performed with the full Tevatron data set recorded with the CDF II detector during pp¯ collisions at s√=1.96  TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 9.4  fb−1. We measure the asymmetry using the rapidity difference Δy=yt−yt¯. Parton-level results are derived, yielding an inclusive asymmetry of 0.164±0.047(stat+syst). We establish an approximately linear dependence of AFB on the top-quark pair mass Mtt¯ and the rapidity difference |Δy| at detector and parton levels. Assuming the standard model, the probabilities to observe the measured values or larger for the detector-level dependencies are 7.4×10−3 and 2.2×10−3 for Mtt¯ and |Δy| respectively. Lastly, we study the dependence of the asymmetry on the transverse momentum of the tt¯ system at the detector level. These results are consistent with previous lower-precision measurements and provide additional quantification of the functional dependencies of the asymmetry.

Abstract

We present new measurements of the inclusive forward-backward tt¯ production asymmetry, AFB, and its dependence on several properties of the tt¯ system. The measurements are performed with the full Tevatron data set recorded with the CDF II detector during pp¯ collisions at s√=1.96  TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 9.4  fb−1. We measure the asymmetry using the rapidity difference Δy=yt−yt¯. Parton-level results are derived, yielding an inclusive asymmetry of 0.164±0.047(stat+syst). We establish an approximately linear dependence of AFB on the top-quark pair mass Mtt¯ and the rapidity difference |Δy| at detector and parton levels. Assuming the standard model, the probabilities to observe the measured values or larger for the detector-level dependencies are 7.4×10−3 and 2.2×10−3 for Mtt¯ and |Δy| respectively. Lastly, we study the dependence of the asymmetry on the transverse momentum of the tt¯ system at the detector level. These results are consistent with previous lower-precision measurements and provide additional quantification of the functional dependencies of the asymmetry.

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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:2013
Deposited On:20 Feb 2014 09:02
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:37
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:1550-2368
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.87.092002

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