Search for Pair Production of Heavy Top-Like Quarks Decaying to a High-p[subscript T]W Boson and a b Quark in the Lepton Plus Jets Final State at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS Detector
Author(s)Taylor, Frank E.
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A search is presented for production of a heavy up-type quark (t[superscript ′]) together with its antiparticle, assuming a significant branching ratio for subsequent decay into a W boson and a b quark. The search is based on 4.7 fb[superscript −1] of pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV recorded in 2011 with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Data are analyzed in the lepton + jets final state, characterized by a high-transverse-momentum isolated electron or muon, large missing transverse momentum and at least three jets. The analysis strategy relies on the substantial boost of the W bosons in the t[superscript ′][bar over t][superscript ′] signal when m[′ over t]≳ 400 GeV. No significant excess of events above the Standard Model expectation is observed and the result of the search is interpreted in the context of fourth-generation and vector-like quark models. Under the assumption of a branching ratio BR(t[superscript ′] → Wb) = 1, a fourth-generation t[superscript ′] quark with mass lower than 656 GeV656 GeV is excluded at 95% confidence level. In addition, in light of the recent discovery of a new boson of mass ~126 GeV at the LHC, upper limits are derived in the two-dimensional plane of BR(t[superscript ′] → Wb) versus BR(t[superscript ′] → Ht), where H is the Standard Model Higgs boson, for vector-like quarks of various masses.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Physics Letters B
Aad, G., T. Abajyan, B. Abbott, J. Abdallah, S. Abdel Khalek, A.A. Abdelalim, O. Abdinov, et al. “Search for Pair Production of Heavy Top-Like Quarks Decaying to a High-p[subscript T]W Boson and a b Quark in the Lepton Plus Jets Final State at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS Detector.” Physics Letters B 718, no. 4–5 (January 2013): 1284–1302. © 2012 CERN
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