First observation of top quark production in the forward region

LHCb Collaboration, R. Aaij, B. Adeva, M. Adinolfi, A. Affolder, Z. Ajaltouni, S. Akar, J. Albrecht, F. Alessio, M. Alexander, S. Ali, G. Alkhazov, P. Alvarez Cartelle, A. A. Alves, S. Amato, S. Amerio, Y. Amhis, L. An, L. Anderlini, J. AndersonM. Andreotti, J. E. Andrews, R. B. Appleby, O. Aquines Gutierrez, F. Archilli, P. D'Argent, A. Artamonov, M. Artuso, E. Aslanides, G. Auriemma, M. Baalouch, S. Bachmann, J. J. Back, A. Badalov, C. Baesso, W. Baldini, R. J. Barlow, C. Barschel, S. Barsuk, W. Barter, V. Batozskaya, S. Bifani, N. Farley, P. Griffith, I. R. Kenyon, C. Lazzeroni, A. Mazurov, J. McCarthy, L. Pescatore, N. K. Watson, T. Williams, Philip Ilten

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Abstract

Top quark production in the forward region in proton-proton collisions is observed for the first time. The W+b final state with W→μν is reconstructed using muons with a transverse momentum, pT, larger than 25 GeV in the pseudorapidity range 2.0<η<4.5. The b jets are required to have 50<pT<100 GeV and 2.2<η<4.2, while the transverse component of the sum of the muon and b-jet momenta must satisfy pT>20 GeV. The results are based on data corresponding to integrated luminosities of 1.0 and 2.0 fb-1 collected at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV by LHCb. The inclusive top quark production cross sections in the fiducial region are σ(top)[7 TeV]=239±53(stat)±33(syst)±24(theory) fb, σ(top)[8TeV]=289±43(stat)±40(syst)±29(theory) fb. These results, along with the observed differential yields and charge asymmetries, are in agreement with next-to-leading order standard model predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112001
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume115
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2015

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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