Identification of boosted, hadronically decaying W bosons and comparisons with ATLAS data taken at $\sqrt{s} = 8$ TeV

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Abstract

This paper reports a detailed study of techniques for identifying boosted, hadronically decaying $W$ bosons using 20fb$^{-1}$ of proton-proton collision data collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC at a centre-of-mass energy $\sqrt{s} =$ 8 TeV. A range of techniques for optimising the signal jet mass resolution are combined with various jet substructure variables. The results of these studies in Monte Carlo simulations show that a simple pairwise combination of groomed jet mass and one substructure variable can provide a 50% efficiency for identifying $W$ bosons with transverse momenta larger than 200 GeV while maintaining multijet background efficiencies of 2-4% for jets with the same transverse momentum. These signal and background efficiencies are confirmed in data for a selection of tagging techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154
Number of pages70
JournalEur. Phys. J. C
Volume76
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2015

Bibliographical note

53 pages plus author list + cover page (70 pages total), 25 figures, 8 tables, submitted to Eur. Phys. J. C, All figures including auxiliary figures are available at https://atlas.web.cern.ch/Atlas/GROUPS/PHYSICS/PAPERS/PERF-2015-03/

Keywords

  • hep-ex

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