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Experimental discrimination between charge 2e/3 top quark and charge 4e/3 exotic quark production scenarios.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2007
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical Review Letters
Pages (from-to)041801
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We present the first experimental discrimination between the 2e/3 and 4e/3 top quark electric charge scenarios, using top quark pairs (t) produced in p collisions at =1.96 TeV by the Fermilab Tevatron Collider. We use 370 pb-1 of data collected by the D0 experiment and select events with at least one high transverse momentum electron or muon, high transverse energy imbalance, and four or more jets. We discriminate between b- and -quark jets by using the charge and momenta of tracks within the jet cones. The data are consistent with the expected electric charge, |q|=2e/3. We exclude, at the 92% C.L., that the sample is solely due to the production of exotic quark pairs Q with |q|=4e/3. We place an upper limit on the fraction of Q pairs <0.80 at the 90% C.L.