Measurement of the jet mass in high transverse momentum Z (→ bb)γ production at √s = 13 TeV using the ATLAS detector

ATLAS Publications, A. Hasib, M.P. Heath, X. Hoad, A. Søgaard, E.P. Takeva, A.J. Taylor, A. Washbrook

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The integrated fiducial cross-section and unfolded differential jet mass spectrum of high transverse momentum Z → bb decays are measured in Z γ events in proton–proton collisions at √s = 13 TeV. The data analysed were collected between 2015 and 2016 with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb−1 . Photons are required to have a transverse momentum pT > 175 GeV. The Z → bb decay is reconstructed using a jet with pT > 200 GeV, found with the anti-kt R = 1.0 jet algorithm, and groomed to remove soft and wide-angle radiation and to mitigate contributions from the underlying event and additional proton–proton
collisions. Two different but related measurements are performed using two jet grooming definitions for reconstructing the Z → bb decay: trimming and soft drop. These algorithms differ in their experimental and phenomenological implications regarding jet mass reconstruction and theoretical precision. To
identify Z bosons, b-tagged R = 0.2 track-jets matched to the groomed large-R calorimeter jet are used as a proxy for the b-quarks. The signal yield is determined from fits of the data-driven background templates to the different jet mass distributions for the two grooming methods. Integrated fiducial cross-sections and unfolded jet mass spectra for each grooming method are compared with leading-order theoretical predictions. The results are found to be in good agreement with Standard Model expectations within the current statistical and systematic uncertainties.
Original languageEnglish
Article number135991
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalPhysics Letters B
Early online date3 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2021


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