Measurement of the production cross-section of a single top quark in association with a Z boson in proton–proton collisions at 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
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The production of a top quark in association with a Z boson is investigated. The proton–proton collision data collected by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC in 2015 and 2016 at a centre-of-mass energy of are used, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of . Events containing three identified leptons (electrons and/or muons) and two jets, one of which is identified as a b-quark jet are selected. The major backgrounds are diboson, and production. A neural network is used to improve the background rejection and extract the signal. The resulting significance is 4.2σ in the data and the expected significance is 5.4σ. The measured cross-section for tZq production is.
CitationAaboud M, Aad G, Abbott B, Abdinov OBo, Abeloos B, Abidi SH, AbouZeid H, Abraham NL, Abramowicz H, Abreu H, Buanes T, Dale Ø, Eigen G, Liebig W, Lipniacka A, Martin dit Latour B, Mæland S, Stugu B, Yang Z, Zalieckas J, Bugge MK, Cameron DG, Catmore JR, Feigl S, Franconi L, Garonne V, Gjelsten BK, Gramstad E, Morisbak V, Oppen H, Ould-Saada F, Raddum SH, Read AL, Røhne OM, Sandaker H, Serfon C, Stapnes S, Vadla KOH, Abreu RF, Abulaiti Y, Acharya BS, Adachi S, Adamczyk L, Adelman J, Adersberger M, Adye T, Affolder AA, Afik Y, Agatonovic-Jovin T, Agheorghiesei C, ATLAS C. Measurement of the production cross-section of a single top quark in association with a Z boson in proton–proton collisions at 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Physics Letters B. 2018;780:557-577
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