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Search for pair production of heavy vector-like quarks decaying to high-p$_{T}$ W bosons and b quarks in the lepton-plus-jets final state in pp collisions at $ \sqrt{s}=13 $ TeV with the ATLAS detector

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaboud:2017zfn
Pages (from-to)141
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Volume1710
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2017

Abstract

A search is presented for the pair production of heavy vector-like T quarks, primarily targeting the T quark decays to a W boson and a b-quark. The search is based on 36.1 fb$^{−1}$ of pp collisions at $ \sqrt{s}=13 $ TeV recorded in 2015 and 2016 with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Data are analysed in the lepton-plus-jets final state, including at least one b-tagged jet and a large-radius jet identified as originating from the hadronic decay of a high-momentum W boson. No significant deviation from the Standard Model expectation is observed in the reconstructed T mass distribution. The observed 95% confidence level lower limit on the T mass are 1350 GeV assuming 100% branching ratio to Wb. In the SU(2) singlet scenario, the lower mass limit is 1170 GeV. This search is also sensitive to a heavy vector-like B quark decaying to Wt and other final states. The results are thus reinterpreted to provide a 95% confidence level lower limit on the B quark mass at 1250 GeV assuming 100% branching ratio to Wt, in the SU(2) singlet scenario, the limit is 1080 GeV. Mass limits on both T and B production are also set as a function of the decay branching ratios. The 100% branching ratio limits are found to be applicable to heavy vector-like Y and X production that decay to Wb and Wt, respectively.

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