Measurement of the tt̅W and tt̅Z Cross Sections using Proton-Proton Collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS Detector

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2016

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A measurement of the production cross sections of top quark pairs in association with a W or Z boson is presented. The measurement uses 20.3 fb−1 of data from proton-proton collisions at √s = 8 TeV collected by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. Four different final states are considered: two opposite-sign leptons, two same-sign leptons, three leptons, and four leptons. The t t̅ W and t t̅ Z cross sections are simultaneously extracted using a maximum likelihood fit over all the final states. The t t̅ Z cross section is measured to be 176+58−52 fb, corresponding to a signal significance of 4.2σ. The t t̅ W cross section is measured to be 369+100−91 fb, corresponding to a signal significance of 5.0σ. The results are consistent with next-to-leading-order calculations for the tt̅W and tt̅Z processes.

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Zhou, Chen (2016). Measurement of the tt̅W and tt̅Z Cross Sections using Proton-Proton Collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS Detector. Dissertation, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/12245.

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