Observation of top quark pairs produced in association with a vector boson in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV

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Abstract

Measurements of the cross sections for top quark pairs produced in association with a W or Z boson are presented, using 8 TeV pp collision data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.5 fb-1, collected by the CMS experiment at the LHC. Final states are selected in which the associated W boson decays to a charged lepton and a neutrino or the Z boson decays to two charged leptons. Signal events are identified by matching reconstructed objects in the detector to specific final state particles from tt‾W or tt‾Z decays. The tt‾W cross section is measured to be 382+117-102 fb with a significance of 4.8 standard deviations from the background-only hypothesis. The tt‾Z cross section is measured to be 242+65-55 fb with a signicance of 6.4 standard deviations from the background-only hypothesis. These measurements are used to set bounds on five anomalous dimension-six operators that would affect the tt‾W and tt‾Z cross sections.
Original languageEnglish
Article number096
Number of pages55
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume2016
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Electroweak interaction
  • Hadron-Hadron scattering
  • Top physics

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