Measurement of the Top Quark Mass Using the Invariant Mass of Lepton Pairs in Soft Muon b-tagged Events

CDF Collaboration, Victoria Martin

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We present the first measurement of the mass of the top quark in a sample of $t\bar{t}\to\ell\bar{\nu} b\bar{b} q\bar{q}$ events (where $\ell = e$, $\mu$) selected by identifying jets containing a muon candidate from the semileptonic decay of heavy-flavor hadrons (soft muon $b$-tagging). The $p\bar{p}$ collision data used corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 2 fb$^{-1}$ and was collected by the CDF II detector at the Fermilab Tevatron. The measurement is based on a novel technique exploiting the invariant mass of a subset of the decay particles, specifically the lepton from the $W$ boson of the $t\to Wb$ decay, and the muon from a semileptonic $b$ decay. We fit template histograms, derived from simulation of $t\bar{t}$ events and a modeling of the background, to the mass distribution observed in the data and measure a top quark mass of $180.5\pm12.0({\rm stat.})\pm3.6({\rm syst.}) {\rm GeV}/c^2$, consistent with the current world average.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review D, particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology
VolumeD80
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • hep-ex

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