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Top polarization measurement in single top quark production with the ATLAS detector

Abstract : The top quark polarization in electroweak production for single top t-channel allows to test the structure of the Wtb vertex: the left-handed vector coupling of the Standard Model (SM) as well as the anomalous couplings including the right-handed vector, the left-handed tensor and the right-handed tensor couplings. The 4.7 fb-1 data recorded by the ATLAS detector at the LHC with the center of mass energy at 7 TeV in 2011 provides a chance to measure the top polarization. This thesis discusses the measurement of the top polarization by studying the polarized angular distributions in specific bases with t-channel single top events. In the beginning of the thesis, a theoretical context of the top quark production via the strong interaction and the electroweak interaction at the LHC is introduced. Then the detector, the reconstruction performances as well as the event selections with a single top t-channel event signature are described. To measure the top polarization, the unfolding and folding methods are constructed and tested with different configurations. In the end, the measured results are examined with the estimated uncertainties from the theory, the detector response and modeling as well as the statistics. This is the first measurement of the top polarization with the ATLAS detector. The results are compatible with the SM predictions and contribute signicantly to constrain the anomalous couplings in the Wtb vertex
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Xiaohu Sun. Top polarization measurement in single top quark production with the ATLAS detector. High Energy Physics - Experiment [hep-ex]. Université de Grenoble, 2013. English. ⟨NNT : 2013GRENY081⟩. ⟨tel-00873541⟩



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