Measurement of the production cross-section of a single top quark in association with a $W$ boson at 8 TeV with the ATLAS experiment

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Abstract

The cross-section for the production of a single top quark in association with a $W$ boson in proton--proton collisions at $\sqrt{s}= 8$ TeV is measured. The dataset corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 20.3 fb$^{-1}$, collected by the ATLAS detector in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Events containing two leptons and one central $b$-jet are selected. The $Wt$ signal is separated from the backgrounds using boosted decision trees, each of which combines a number of discriminating variables into one classifier. Production of $Wt$ events is observed with a significance of $7.7 \sigma$. The cross-section is extracted in a profile likelihood fit to the classifier output distributions. The $Wt$ cross-section, inclusive of decay modes, is measured to be $23.0 \pm 1.3$(stat.)$^{+3.2}_{-3.5}$(syst.)$\pm 1.1$(lumi.) pb. The measured cross-section is used to extract a value for the CKM matrix element $|V_{tb}|$ of $1.01 \pm 0.10$ and a lower limit of 0.80 at the 95\% confidence level. The cross-section for the production of a top quark and a $W$ boson is also measured in a fiducial acceptance requiring two leptons with $p_{\textrm{T}}>25$ GeV and $|\eta| 20$ GeV and $|\eta| 20$ GeV, including both $Wt$ and top-quark pair events as signal. The measured value of the fiducial cross-section is $0.85 \pm 0.01$(stat.)$^{+0.06}_{-0.07}$(syst.)$\pm 0.03$(lumi.) pb.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2015

Bibliographical note

34 pages plus author list + cover page (51 pages total), 11 figures, 6 tables, submitted to JHEP, All figures including auxiliary figures are available at http://atlas.web.cern.ch/Atlas/GROUPS/PHYSICS/PAPERS/TOPQ-2012-20/

Keywords

  • hep-ex

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