Measurements of t t-bar spin correlations and top quark polarization using dilepton final states in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 8 TeV

CMS Collaboration, Shimaa Abu Zeid, Freya Blekman, Jorgen D'Hondt, Nadir Daci, Isabelle Helena De Bruyn, Natalie Heracleous, Kevin Deroover, James Keaveney, Steven Lowette, Lieselotte Moreels, Annik Olbrechts, Quentin Python, Derek Strom, Stefaan Tavernier, Walter Van Doninck, Petra Van Mulders, Gerrit Van Onsem, Isis Marina Van Parijs

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Abstract

Measurements of the top quark-antiquark (t t-bar) spin correlations and the top quark polarization are presented for t t-bar pairs produced in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 8 TeV. The data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 19.5 inverse femtobarns collected with the CMS detector at the LHC. The measurements are performed using events with two oppositely charged leptons (electrons or muons) and two or more jets, where at least one of the jets is identified as originating from a bottom quark. The spin correlations and polarization are measured from the angular distributions of the two selected leptons, both inclusively and differentially, with respect to the invariant mass, rapidity, and transverse momentum of the t t-bar system. The measurements are unfolded to the parton level and found to be in agreement with predictions of the standard model. A search for new physics in the form of anomalous top quark chromo moments is performed. No evidence of new physics is observed, and exclusion limits on the real part of the chromo-magnetic dipole moment and the imaginary part of the chromo-electric dipole moment are evaluated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number052007
Number of pages25
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume93
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2016

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  • hep-ex

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