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
Aaboud, Morad; Aad, Georges; Abbott, Brad; Abdinov, Ovsat Bahram oglu; Abeloos, Baptiste; Abidi, Syed Haider; AbouZeid, Hass; Abraham, Nadine L.; Abramowicz, Halina; Abreu, Henso; Buanes, Trygve; Dale, Ørjan; Eigen, Gerald; Liebig, Wolfgang; Lipniacka, Anna; Martin dit Latour, Bertrand; Mæland, Steffen; Stugu, Bjarne; Yang, Zongchang; Zalieckas, Justas; Bugge, Magnar Kopangen; Cameron, David Gordon; Catmore, James Richard; Feigl, Simon; Franconi, Laura; Garonne, Vincent; Gjelsten, Børge Kile; Gramstad, Eirik; Morisbak, Vanja; Oppen, Henrik; Ould-Saada, Farid; Raddum, Silje Hattrem; Read, Alexander Lincoln; Røhne, Ole Myren; Sandaker, Heidi; Serfon, Cédric; Stapnes, Steinar; Vadla, Knut Oddvar Høie; Abreu, Rômulo F.; Abulaiti, Yiming; Acharya, Bobby S.; Adachi, Shunsuke; Adamczyk, Leszek; Adelman, Jareed; Adersberger, Michael; Adye, Tim; Affolder, Anthony Allen; Afik, Yoav; Agatonovic-Jovin, Tatjana; Agheorghiesei, Catalin; ATLAS, Collaboration
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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.