Evidence for s-channel single top quark production in pp¯ collisions at s=1.96 TeV

Bertram, Iain and Ratoff, Peter and Borissov, Guennadi and Fox, Harald (2013) Evidence for s-channel single top quark production in pp¯ collisions at s=1.96 TeV. Physics Letters B, 726 (4-5). pp. 656-664. ISSN 0370-2693

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Abstract

We present measurements of the cross sections for the two main production modes of single top quarks in pp¯ collisions at √s = 1.96 TeV in the Run II data collected with the D0 detector at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 9.7 fb−1. The s-channel cross section is measured to be σ(pp¯ →tb+ X)=1.10+0.33 −0.31 pb with no assumptions on the value of the t-channel cross section. Similarly, the t-channel cross section is measured to be σ(pp¯ →tqb + X) = 3.07+0.54 −0.49 pb. We also measure the s+t combined cross section as σ(pp¯ →tb+X,tqb+X)=4.11+0.60 −0.55 pb and set a lower limit on the CKM matrix element |Vtb|>0.92 at 95% C.L., assuming mt =172.5 GeV. The probability to measure a cross section for the s channel at the observed value or higher in the absence of signal is 1.0×10−4, corresponding to a significance of 3.7 standard deviations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Physics Letters B
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3100/3106
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 67495
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2013 09:05
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 07:39
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/67495

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