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Identification of boosted, hadronically decaying W bosons and comparisons with ATLAS data taken at √s=8 TeV

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Article number154
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>17/03/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Issue number3
Volume76
Number of pages47
StatePublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper reports a detailed study of techniques for identifying boosted, hadronically decaying W bosons using 20.3 fb−1 of proton–proton collision data collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC at a centre-of-mass energy √s = 8 TeV. A range of techniques for optimising the signal jet mass resolution are combined with various jet substructure variables. The results of these studies in Monte Carlo simulations show that a simple pairwise combination of groomed jet mass and one substructure variable can provide a 50 % efficiency for identifying W bosons with transverse momenta larger than 200 GeV while maintaining multijet background efficiencies of 2–4 % for jets with the same transverse momentum. These signal and background efficiencies are confirmed in data for a selection of tagging techniques.