Top pair candidate event in the electron muon channel at 13 TeV.

In the first years of operation, the LHC has proven to be a true top quark factory and top quark measurements are challenging the precision of theoretical calculations. The DESY CMS group is engaged in measurements of top quark pair cross sections (inclusive and differential), in the study of top quark pair events with additional particles in the final state (tt+jets, bjets, Z and Higgs), in top quark mass measurements and other top quark property measurements, like top quark polarization and spin correlation, as well as in the extraction of QCD parameters from the measurements. An event display of a top quark event candidate, with two leptons in the final state is shown below.
The DESY CMS group performs precision measurements of inclusive and multidifferential top quark pair cross sections.
A summary of the inclusive cross section measurements as a function of the centerofmass energy is shown in the figure below. 2D differential cross sections provide enhanced sensitivity to the parton distribution functions (PDF), especially at large fractional parton momenta (Bjorkenx). This can be seen in the figure at the bottom of this page.
The topquark mass (mt) is a crucial parameter of the SM. A precise measurement of this quantity is one of the most important inputs to global electroweak fits that provide constraints on the properties of the Higgs boson, as well as on models for physics beyond the SM. In higherorder QCD calculations, the mass of the top quark depends on the renormalization scheme and its value can differ considerably, e.g. for polemass or msbarmass definitions. Therefore, it is important to understand how to interpret the experimental result in terms of the renormalization conventions. Direct measurements of mt rely on the reconstruction of kinematic observables sensitive to mt. These measurements depend highly on the detailed description of the corresponding signal and topquark mass mtMC in Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. Alternatively, the topquark mass can be derived indirectly from the cross section measurement. The group at DESY used the inclusive topquark pair production cross section measured by CMS in the dilepton channel to extract the topquark mass through its comparison to three different fully inclusive calculations at higherorder perturbative QCD, which provide an unambiguous definition of mt. The extraction provides an important test of the mass scheme as applied in MC simulations and gives complementary information, with different sensitivity to theoretical and experimental uncertainties than direct measurements of the topquark mass mtMC, which rely on the kinematic details of the mass reconstruction. The results, both for the polemass and the mass definitions, are in very good agreement with similar measurements at the Tevatron and from ATLAS, and provide, for the first time, the determination of the top quark mass at the LHC.
Our most recent publications:
[1] CMS Collaboration (Albert M Sirunyan (Yerevan Phys. Inst.) et al.)
Search for ttH production in the Hbb decay channel with leptonic tt decays in protonproton collisions at s √ = 13 TeV
submitted to JHEP https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.03682
[2] CMS Collaboration (Albert M Sirunyan (Yerevan Phys. Inst.) et al.)
Observation of ttH production
Published in Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, (2018) 231801
https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.02610
[3] CMS Collaboration (A. M. Sirunyan (Yerevan Phys. Inst.) et al.)
Measurement of the inclusive tt¯ cross section in pp collisions at s√= 5.02 TeV using final states with at least one charged lepton
Published in JHEP 03 (2018) 115
https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.03143
[4] CMS Collaboration (A. M. Sirunyan (Yerevan Phys. Inst.) et al.)
Measurement of normalized differential ttbar cross sections in the dilepton channel from pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 13 TeV
Published in JHEP 04 (2018) 060
https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.07638
[5] CMS Collaboration (A. M. Sirunyan (Yerevan Phys. Inst.) et al.)
Measurement of doubledifferential cross sections for top quark pair production in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV and impact on parton distribution functions
Published in EPJC 77 (2017) 459
https://arxiv.org/abs/1703.01630
[6] CMS Collaboration (A. M. Sirunyan (Yerevan Phys. Inst.) et al.)
Search for standard model production of four top quarks in protonproton collisions at s√ = 13 TeV
Published in Phys.Lett. B772 (2017) 336358
https://arxiv.org/abs/1702.06164
Top pair candidate event in the electron muon channel at 13 TeV.
Top quark pair cross section from 2 TeV to 13 TeV.
Left: Doubledifferential tt cross section as a function of m(tt) and y(tt); Right: Uncertainty of the gluon density using different datasets
Last updated on 15072018