Search for a heavy resonance decaying to a top quark and a vector-like top quark in the lepton plus jets final state in pp collisions at root s=13 TeV

The CMS Collaboration, A. M. Sirunyan, P. Eerola, H. Kirschenmann, J. Pekkanen, M. Voutilainen, J. Havukainen, J. K. Heikkilä, T. Järvinen, V. Karimäki, R. Kinnunen, T. Lampén, K. Lassila-Perini, S. Laurila, S. Lehti, T. Lindén, P. Luukka, T. Mäenpää, H. Siikonen, E. TuominenJ. Tuominiemi, T. Tuuva

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A search is presented for a heavy spin- 1 resonance Z decaying to a top quark and a vector- like top quark partner T in the lepton + jets final state. The search is performed using a data set of pp collisions at a centre- of- mass energy of 13 TeV corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb - 1 as recorded by the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC in the year 2016. The analysis is optimised for final states arising from the T decay modes to a top quark and a Higgs or Z boson ( T. Ht, Zt). The event selection makes use of resolved and merged top quark decay products, as well as decays of boosted Higgs bosons and Z and W bosons using jet substructure techniques. No significant deviation from the standard model background expectation is observed. Exclusion limits on the product of the cross section and branching fraction for Z . tT, T. Ht, Zt, Wb are presented for various combinations of the Z resonance mass and the vector- like T quark mass. These results represent the most stringent limits to date for the decay mode Z . tT. tHt. In a benchmark model with extra dimensions, invoking a heavy spin- 1 resonance G *, masses of the G * between 1.5 and 2.3 TeV and between 2.0 and 2.4 TeV are excluded for T masses of 1.2 and 1.5 TeV, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Article number208
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C. Particles and Fields
Issue number3
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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