- Measurement of the top quark-pair production cross section with ATLAS in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV
- European Physical Journal C
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF)
A measurement of the production cross-section for top quark pairs (tt¯) in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV is presented using data recorded with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. Events are selected in two different topologies: single lepton (electron e or muon μ) with large missing transverse energy and at least four jets, and dilepton (ee, μμ or eμ) with large missing transverse energy and at least two jets. In a data sample of 2.9 pb−1, 37 candidate events are observed in the single-lepton topology and 9 events in the dilepton topology. The corresponding expected backgrounds from non-tt¯ Standard Model processes are estimated using data-driven methods and determined to be 12.2±3.9 events and 2.5±0.6 events, respectively. The kinematic properties of the selected events are consistent with SM tt¯ production. The inclusive top quark pair production cross-section is measured to be σtt¯=145 ± 31(stat.) +42-27(syst.) pb.
The measurement agrees with perturbative QCD calculations.
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