Direct Top-Quark Decay Width Measurement in the tt̅ Lepton+Jets Channel at √s =8 TeV with the ATLAS Experiment


This paper presents a direct measurement of the decay width of the top quark using tt̅ events in the lepton+jets final state. The data sample was collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC in proton-proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV and corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 20.2 fb⁻¹. The decay width of the top quark is measured using a template fit to distributions of kinematic observables associated with the hadronically and semileptonically decaying top quarks. The result, Γ_t = 1.76 ± 0.33 (stat.) _{-0.68} ^{+0.70} (syst.) GeV for a top-quark mass of 172.5 GeV, is consistent with the prediction of the Standard Model.



Large Hadron Collider (France and Switzerland), Partons, Proton-proton interactions, Bosons, Standard model (Nuclear physics), Quarks—Decay, Leptons (Nuclear physics), Jets (Nuclear physics)


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