Measurement of the tt production cross-section using eμ events with b-tagged jets in pp collisions at √s = 7 and 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector



    CERN-LHC. The inclusive top quark pair production cross-section has been measured in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV and sqrt(s) = 8 TeV with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, using ttbar events with an opposite-charge e-mu pair in the final state. The measurement was performed with the 2011 7 TeV dataset corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 4.6 fb-1 and the 2012 8 TeV dataset of 20.3 fb-1. The numbers of events with exactly one and exactly two b-tagged jets were counted and used to simultaneously determine sigma(ttbar) and the efficiency to reconstruct and b-tag a b-jet from a top quark decay, thereby minimising the associated systematic uncertainties. The cross-section was measured to be: sigma(ttbar) = 182.9 +- 3.1 +- 4.2 +- 3.6 +- 3.3 pb (7 TeV) and sigma(ttbar) = 242.4 +- 1.7 +- 5.5 +- 7.5 +- 4.2 pb (8 TeV), where the four uncertainties arise from data statistics, experimental and theoretical systematic effects, the knowledge of the integrated luminosity and of the LHC beam energy. The results are consistent with recent theoretical QCD calculations at NNLO. Fiducial measurements corresponding to the experimental acceptance of the leptons are also reported, together with the ratio of cross-sections measured at the two centre-of-mass energies. The inclusive cross-section results were used to determine the top quark pole mass via the dependence of the theoretically-predicted cross-section on mpolet, giving a result of mpolet = 172.9 +2.5,-2.6 GeV. By looking for an excess of ttbar production with respect to the QCD prediction, the results were also used to place limits on the pair-production of supersymmetric top squarks with masses close to the top quark mass decaying to predominantly right-handed top quarks and a light neutralino, the lightest supersymmetric particle. Top squarks with masses between the top quark mass and 177 GeV are excluded at the 95% confidence level.
    Date made available4 Jan 2014

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