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Search for s-channel single top-quark production in proton–proton collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

CollaborationWith : Alexandre, Gauthier / Ancu, Lucian Stefan / Barone, Gaetano / Bell, Paul / Bell, William / Benhar Noccioli, Eleonora / Bilbao De Mendizabal, Javier / Bucci, Francesca / Camacho Toro, Reina / Clark, Allan Geoffrey / Delitzsch, Chris Malena / Della Volpe, Domenico / Doglioni, Caterina / Ferrere, Didier / Gadomski, Szymon / Gonzalez Sevilla, Sergio / Goulette, Marc / Gramling, Johanna Léna / Guescini, Francesco / Iacobucci, Giuseppe / Katre, Akshay / La Rosa, Alessandro / Mermod, Philippe / Miucci, Antonio / Muenstermann, Daniel / Nektarijevic, Snezana / Nikolics, Katalin / Picazio, Attilio / Pohl, Martin / Rosbach, Kilian / Tykhonov, Andrii / Vallecorsa, Sofia / Wu, Xin
Published in Physics Letters. B. 2015, vol. 740, p. 118-136
Collection Open Access - SCOAP3
Abstract This Letter presents a search at the LHC for s -channel single top-quark production in proton–proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. The analyzed data set was recorded by the ATLAS detector and corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 20.3 fb −1 . Selected events contain one charged lepton, large missing transverse momentum and exactly two b -tagged jets. A multivariate event classifier based on boosted decision trees is developed to discriminate s -channel single top-quark events from the main background contributions. The signal extraction is based on a binned maximum-likelihood fit of the output classifier distribution. The analysis leads to an upper limit on the s -channel single top-quark production cross-section of 14.6 pb at the 95% confidence level. The fit gives a cross-section of σs=5.0±4.3 pb , consistent with the Standard Model expectation.
Keywords ATLASTop-quarkElectroweak productionS -Channel
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ATLAS COLLABORATION. Search for s-channel single top-quark production in proton–proton collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector. In: Physics Letters. B, 2015, vol. 740, p. 118-136. doi: 10.1016/j.physletb.2014.11.042 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:55759

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