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A new method to distinguish hadronically decaying boosted Z bosons from W bosons using the ATLAS detector

  • Author(s): Atlas Collaboration
  • Aad, G
  • Abbott, B
  • Abdallah, J
  • Abdinov, O
  • Aben, R
  • Abolins, M
  • AbouZeid, OS
  • Abramowicz, H
  • Abreu, H
  • Abreu, R
  • Abulaiti, Y
  • Acharya, BS
  • Adamczyk, L
  • Adams, DL
  • Adelman, J
  • Adomeit, S
  • Adye, T
  • Affolder, AA
  • Agatonovic-Jovin, T
  • Agricola, J
  • Aguilar-Saavedra, JA
  • Ahlen, SP
  • Ahmadov, F
  • Aielli, G
  • Akerstedt, H
  • Åkesson, TPA
  • Akimov, AV
  • Alberghi, GL
  • Albert, J
  • Albrand, S
  • Alconada Verzini, MJ
  • Aleksa, M
  • Aleksandrov, IN
  • Alexa, C
  • Alexander, G
  • Alexopoulos, T
  • Alhroob, M
  • Alimonti, G
  • Alio, L
  • Alison, J
  • Alkire, SP
  • Allbrooke, BMM
  • Allport, PP
  • Aloisio, A
  • Alonso, A
  • Alonso, F
  • Alpigiani, C
  • Altheimer, A
  • Alvarez Gonzalez, B
  • Álvarez Piqueras, D
  • Alviggi, MG
  • Amadio, BT
  • Amako, K
  • Amaral Coutinho, Y
  • Amelung, C
  • Amidei, D
  • Amor Dos Santos, SP
  • Amorim, A
  • Amoroso, S
  • Amram, N
  • Amundsen, G
  • Anastopoulos, C
  • Ancu, LS
  • Andari, N
  • Andeen, T
  • Anders, CF
  • Anders, G
  • Anders, JK
  • Anderson, KJ
  • Andreazza, A
  • Andrei, V
  • Angelidakis, S
  • Angelozzi, I
  • Anger, P
  • Angerami, A
  • Anghinolfi, F
  • Anisenkov, AV
  • Anjos, N
  • Annovi, A
  • Antonelli, M
  • Antonov, A
  • Antos, J
  • Anulli, F
  • Aoki, M
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2016, CERN for the benefit of the ATLAS collaboration. The distribution of particles inside hadronic jets produced in the decay of boosted W and Z bosons can be used to discriminate such jets from the continuum background. Given that a jet has been identified as likely resulting from the hadronic decay of a boosted W or Z boson, this paper presents a technique for further differentiating Z bosons from W bosons. The variables used are jet mass, jet charge, and a b-tagging discriminant. A likelihood tagger is constructed from these variables and tested in the simulation of W′→ WZ for bosons in the transverse momentum range 200 GeV < pT< 400 GeV in s= 8 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. For Z-boson tagging efficiencies of ϵZ= 90 , 50, and 10 % , one can achieve W+-boson tagging rejection factors (1 / ϵW+) of 1.7, 8.3 and 1000, respectively. It is not possible to measure these efficiencies in the data due to the lack of a pure sample of high pT, hadronically decaying Z bosons. However, the modelling of the tagger inputs for boosted W bosons is studied in data using a tt¯ -enriched sample of events in 20.3 fb- 1 of data at s= 8 TeV. The inputs are well modelled within uncertainties, which builds confidence in the expected tagger performance.

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