Cross section measurement of t-channel single top quark production in pp collisions at root s=13 TeV

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2017
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The cross section for the production of single top quarks in the t channel is measured in proton–proton collisions at 13 TeV with the CMS detector at the LHC. The analyzed data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 2.2 fb⁻¹. The event selection requires one muon and two jets where one of the jets is identified as originating from a bottom quark. Several kinematic variables are then combined into a multivariate discriminator to distinguish signal from background events. A fit to the distribution of the discriminating variable yields a total cross section of 238±13(stat)±29(syst) pb and a ratio of top quark and top antiquark production of (R_{t-ch.})=1.81±0.18(stat)±0.15(syst). From the total cross section the absolute value of the CKM matrix element Vtb is calculated to be 1.05±0.07(exp)±0.02(theo). All results are in agreement with the standard model predictions.

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CMS, Physics, Top quark, PARTON DISTRIBUTIONS, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Physics, Nuclear, Physics, Particles & Fields
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Sirunyan, A. M., Tumasyan, A., Adam, W., Asilar, E., Bergauer, T., Brandstetter, J., Brondolin, E., Dragicevic, M., Erö, J., Flechl, M., Friedl, M., Frühwirth, R., Ghete, V. M., Hartl, C., Hörmann, N., Hrubec, J., Jeitler, M., König, A., Krätschmer, I., … Woods, N. (2017). Cross section measurement of t-channel single top quark production in pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}$=13TeV. In Physics Letters B (Vol. 772, pp. 752–776). Elsevier BV. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2017.07.047