Identification of Boosted, Hadronically Decaying W Bosons and Comparisons with ATLAS Data Taken at √s̅ = 8 TeV


This paper reports a detailed study of techniques for identifying boosted, hadronically decaying W bosons using 20.3 fb⁻¹ of proton–proton collision data collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC at a centre-of-mass energy √s̅ = 8 TeV. A range of techniques for optimising the signal jet mass resolution are combined with various jet substructure variables. The results of these studies in Monte Carlo simulations show that a simple pairwise combination of groomed jet mass and one substructure variable can provide a 50 % efficiency for identifying W bosons with transverse momenta larger than 200 GeV while maintaining multijet background efficiencies of 2–4 % for jets with the same transverse momentum. These signal and background efficiencies are confirmed in data for a selection of tagging techniques.



Jets (Nuclear physics), Causality (Physics), W bosons, Transverse momentum, Quantum chromodynamics


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