Search for Flavor-Changing Neutral Currents in Top-Quark Decays t → Zq in pp Collisions at √s = 8 TeV

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A search for flavor-changing neutral currents in top-quark decays t → Zq is performed in events produced from the decay chain tt¯ → Zq + Wb, where both vector bosons decay leptonically, producing a final state with three leptons (electrons or muons). A data set collected with the CMS detector at the LHC is used, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb−1 of proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. No excess is seen in the observed number of events relative to the standard model prediction; thus, no evidence for flavor-changing neutral currents in top-quark decays is found. A combination with a previous search at 7 TeV excludes a t → Zq branching fraction greater than 0.05% at the 95% confidence level.
Original languageEnglish
Article number171802
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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