Measurement of the correlation between the polar angles of leptons from top quark decays in the helicity basis at √s=7 TeV using the ATLAS detector

Barton, Adam Edward and Beattie, Michael and Borissov, Guennadi and Bouhova-Thacker, Evelina Vassileva and Dearnaley, William and Fox, Harald and Grimm, Kathryn Ann Tschann and Henderson, Robert Charles William and Hughes, Gareth and Jones, Roger William Lewis and Kartvelishvili, Vakhtang and Long, Robin Eamonn and Love, Peter Allan and Maddocks, Harvey and Skinner, Malcolm and Smizanska, Maria and Walder, James William and Wharton, Andy (2016) Measurement of the correlation between the polar angles of leptons from top quark decays in the helicity basis at √s=7  TeV using the ATLAS detector. Physical Review D, 93 (1). ISSN 1550-7998

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Abstract

A measurement of the correlations between the polar angles of leptons from the decay of pair-produced t and t¯ quarks in the helicity basis is reported, using proton-proton collision data collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The dataset corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 4.6  fb−1 at a center-of-mass energy of s√=7  TeV collected during 2011. Candidate events are selected in the dilepton topology with large missing transverse momentum and at least two jets. The angles θ1 and θ2 between the charged leptons and the direction of motion of the parent quarks in the tt¯ rest frame are sensitive to the spin information, and the distribution of cosθ1⋅cosθ2 is sensitive to the spin correlation between the t and t¯ quarks. The distribution is unfolded to parton level and compared to the next-to-leading order prediction. A good agreement is observed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Physical Review D
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 78897
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2016 09:46
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2019 00:39
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/78897

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