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Measurement of the tt¯γ production cross section in proton-proton collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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Article number86
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>15/11/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
Number of pages43
<mark>State</mark>Published
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The cross section of a top-quark pair produced in association with a photon is measured in proton-proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of √s=8 TeV with 20.2 fb−1 of data collected by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012. The measurement is performed by selecting events that contain a photon with transverse momentum pT > 15 GeV, an isolated lepton with large transverse momentum, large missing transverse momentum, and at least four jets, where at least one is identified as originating from a b-quark. The production cross section is measured in a fiducial region close to the selection requirements. It is found to be 139 ± 7 (stat.) ± 17 (syst.) fb, in good agreement with the theoretical prediction at next-to-leading order of 151 ± 24 fb. In addition, differential cross sections in the fiducial region are measured as a function of the transverse momentum and pseudorapidity of the photon.

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Open Access, Copyright CERN, for the benefit of the ATLAS Collaboration. Article funded by SCOAP3