Search for Pair Production of Vector-Like Top Quarks in Events with One Lepton, Jets, and Missing Transverse Momentum in √s=13 TeV PP Collisions with the ATLAS Detector

The results of a search for vector-like top quarks using events with exactly one lepton, at least four jets, and large missing transverse momentum are reported. The search is optimised for pair production of vector-like top quarks in the Z(→νν) t + X decay channel. LHC pp collision data at a centre-of-mass energy of √s=13 TeV recorded by the ATLAS detector in 2015 and 2016 are used, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb⁻¹. No significant excess over the Standard Model expectation is seen and upper limits on the production cross-section of a vector-like T quark pair as a function of the T quark mass are derived. The observed (expected) 95% CL lower limits on the T mass are 870 GeV (890 GeV) for the weak-isospin singlet model, 1.05 TeV (1.06 TeV) for the weak-isospin doublet model and 1.16 TeV (1.17 TeV) for the pure Zt decay mode. Limits are also set on the mass as a function of the decay branching ratios, excluding large parts of the parameter space for masses below 1 TeV.

Hadrons--Scattering, Leptons (Nuclear physics), Jets (Nuclear physics), Transverse momentum, Quarks, Proton-proton interactions, Standard model (Nuclear physics), Isobaric spin, Branching ratios (Nuclear physics)
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