Measurement of the jet mass in high transverse momentum Z(→bb̅)γ production at √s = 13TeV using the ATLAS detector

ATLAS Collaboration, Paul Newman

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The integrated fiducial cross-section and unfolded differential jet mass spectrum of high transverse momentum Z→bb̅ decays are measured in Zγ events in proton–proton collisions at √s = 13TeV. The data analysed were collected between 2015 and 2016 with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb-1. Photons are required to have a transverse momentum pT >175 GeV. The Z→bb̅ decay is reconstructed using a jet with pT >200 GeV, found with the anti-kt R=1.0 jet algorithm, and groomed to remove soft and wide-angle radiation and to mitigate contributions from the underlying event and additional proton–proton collisions. Two different but related measurements are performed using two jet grooming definitions for reconstructing the Z→bb̅ decay: trimming and soft drop. These algorithms differ in their experimental and phenomenological implications regarding jet mass reconstruction and theoretical precision. To identify Z bosons, b-tagged R=0.2 track-jets matched to the groomed large-R calorimeter jet are used as a proxy for the b-quarks. The signal yield is determined from fits of the data-driven background templates to the different jet mass distributions for the two grooming methods. Integrated fiducial cross-sections and unfolded jet mass spectra for each grooming method are compared with leading-order theoretical predictions. The results are found to be in good agreement with Standard Model expectations within the current statistical and systematic uncertainties.
Original languageEnglish
Article number135991
Number of pages23
JournalPhysics Letters B
Early online date3 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2021

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37 pages in total, author list starting page 21, 3 figures, 5 tables, submitted to Phys. Lett. B. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at


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