Search for Four-Top-Quark Production in the Single-Lepton and Opposite-Sign Dilepton Final States in pp Collisions at √s =13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector


A search for four-top-quark production, tt̅tt̅, is presented. It is based on proton-proton collision data with a center-of-mass energy √s=13 TeV collected by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider during the years 2015 and 2016, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb⁻¹. Data are analyzed in both the single-lepton and opposite-sign dilepton channels, characterized by the presence of one or two isolated electrons or muons with high-transverse momentum and multiple jets. A data-driven method is used to estimate the dominant background from top-quark pair production in association with jets. No significant excess above the Standard Model expectation is observed. The result is combined with the previous same-sign dilepton and multilepton searches carried out by the ATLAS Collaboration and an observed (expected) upper limit of 5.3 (2.1) times the four-top-quark Standard Model cross section is obtained at 95% confidence level. Additionally, an upper limit on the anomalous four-top-quark production cross section is set in the context of an effective field theory model. ©2019 CERN.



Quarks--Charm, Proton-proton interactions, Large Hadron Collider (France and Switzerland), Leptons (Nuclear physics), Dilepton production, Transverse momentum, Jets (Nuclear physics), Standard model (Nuclear physics)


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