Measurement of $\tau $ polarisation in $Z/\gamma ^{*}\rightarrow \tau \tau $ decays in proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s}=8$ TeV with the ATLAS detector

Philip James Clark, Sinead Farrington, Michele Faucci Giannelli, Yanyan Gao, Ahmed Hasib, Christos Leonidopoulos, Victoria Jane Martin, Liza Mijović, Corrinne Mills, Benjamin Wynne, Atlas Collaboration

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This paper presents a measurement of the polarisation of $\tau$ leptons produced in $Z/\gamma^{*}\rightarrow\tau\tau$ decays which is performed with a dataset of proton-proton collisions at $\sqrt{s}=8$ TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 20.2 fb$^{-1}$ recorded with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in 2012. The $Z/\gamma^{*}\rightarrow\tau\tau$ decays are reconstructed from a hadronically decaying $\tau$ lepton with a single charged particle in the final state, accompanied by a $\tau$ lepton that decays leptonically. The $\tau$ polarisation is inferred from the relative fraction of energy carried by charged and neutral hadrons in the hadronic $\tau$ decays. The polarisation is measured in a fiducial region that corresponds to the kinematic region accessible to this analysis. The $\tau$ polarisation extracted over the full phase space within the $Z/\gamma^{*}$ mass range of 66$ < m_{Z/\gamma^{*}} < $ 116 GeV is found to be $P_{\tau} =-0.14 \pm 0.02 (\text{stat}) \pm 0.04 (\text{syst})$. It is in agreement with the Standard Model prediction of $P_{\tau} =-0.1517 \pm 0.0019$, which is obtained from the ALPGEN event generator interfaced with the PYTHIA 6 parton shower modelling and the TAUOLA $\tau$ decay library.
Original languageEnglish
Article number163
JournalThe European Physical Journal C (EPJ C)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2018


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