Determination of the Top-Quark Pole Mass Using tt̅+1-Jet Events Collected with the ATLAS Experiment in 7 TeV pp Collisions


The normalized differential cross section for top-quark pair production in association with at least one jet is studied as a function of the inverse of the invariant mass of the tt̅ + 1-jet system. This distribution can be used for a precise determination of the top-quark mass since gluon radiation depends on the mass of the quarks. The experimental analysis is based on proton-proton collision data collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC with a centre-of-mass energy of 7 TeV corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 4.6 fb⁻¹. The selected events were identified using the lepton+jets top-quark-pair decay channel, where lepton refers to either an electron or a muon. The observed distribution is compared to a theoretical prediction at next-to-leading-order accuracy in quantum chromodynamics using the pole-mass scheme. With this method, the measured value of the top-quark pole mass, m(^(pole)(t)), is: m({t}^{pole}) = 173.7 ± 1.5 (stat.) ± 1.4 (syst.){-0.5}^{+1.0} (theory) GeV. This result represents the most precise measurement of the top-quark pole mass to date.



Hadron-hadron scattering, Particles (Nuclear physics)--Flavor, Top Quarks, Jets (Nuclear physics), Proton-proton interactions


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