Measurement of the W-boson helicity in top-quark decays from tt‾ production in lepton+jets events in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV

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The W-boson helicity fractions in top-quark decays are measured with tt‾ events in the lepton+jets final state, using proton-proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 7TeV, collected in 2011 with the CMS detector at the LHC. The data sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 5.0 fb-1. The measured fractions of longitudinal, left-, and right-handed helicity are F0 = 0.682 ± 0.030 (stat.) ± 0.033 (syst.), FL = 0.310 ± 0.022 (stat.) ± 0.022 (syst.), and FR = 0.008 ± 0.012 (stat.) ± 0.014 (syst.), consistent with the standard model predictions. The measured fractions are used to probe the existence of anomalous Wtb couplings. Exclusion limits on the real components of the anomalous couplings gL, gR are also derived.
Original languageEnglish
Article number167
Number of pages45
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • Top physics

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