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Direct Top-Quark Width Measurement at CDF

ContributorsCDF Collaboration
Published inPhysical review letters, vol. 105, no. 23, 232003
Publication date2010

We present a measurement of the top-quark width in the lepton+jets decay channel of tt events produced in pp collisions at Fermilab's Tevatron collider and collected by the CDF II detector. From a data sample corresponding to 4.3  fb−1 of integrated luminosity, we identify 756 candidate events. The top-quark mass and the mass of the hadronically decaying W boson that comes from the top-quark decay are reconstructed for each event and compared with templates of different top-quark widths (Γt) and deviations from nominal jet energy scale (ΔJES) to perform a simultaneous fit for both parameters, where ΔJES is used for the in situ calibration of the jet energy scale. By applying a Feldman-Cousins approach, we establish an upper limit at 95% confidence level (CL) of Γt<7.6  GeV and a two-sided 68% CL interval of 0.3  GeV<Γt<4.4  GeV for a top-quark mass of 172.5  GeV/c2, which are consistent with the standard model prediction.

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CDF Collaboration. Direct Top-Quark Width Measurement at CDF. In: Physical review letters, 2010, vol. 105, n° 23, p. 232003. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.232003
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