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Truth and Beauty Together: Evidence for S-channel Single Top Production

October 29, 2013 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Presenter 
Yun-Tse Tsai, University of Rochester
Location 
Building 362, Room F108
Type 
Seminar
Series 
HEP Lunch Seminar
Abstract:
Single top quarks at the Tevatron are produced via the electroweak interaction from the decay of an off-shell W boson in the s-channel, or fusion of a virtual W boson with a b quark in the t-channel. In particular, the s-channel production rate is comparatively low at the LHC, and the much larger background contamination at the LHC would make it very difficult to measure the s-channel cross section.

In this talk, I will present the analysis that led to the first evidence for s-channel single top-quark production. The measurement is based on 9.7/fb ppbar collisions at sqrt{s} = 1.96 TeV collected with the D0 detector. Both the s and t-channel cross sections are simultaneously measured without assuming the standard model prediction for either, and the CKM quark mixing matrix element |Vtb|, which describes the Wtb coupling, is directly determined.