A search for the production of single top-quarks via flavour-changing neutral-currents is presented. Data collected with the ATLAS detector at a centre-of-mass energy of s=7 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 2.05 fb−1, are used. Candidate events with a semileptonic top-quark decay signature are classified as signal- or background-like events by using several kinematic variables as input to a neural network. No signal is observed in the neural network output distribution and a Bayesian upper limit is placed on the production cross-section. The observed upper limit at 95% confidence level on the cross-section multiplied by the t→Wb branching fraction is measured to be σqg→t×B(t→Wb)<3.9 pb. This upper limit is converted using a model-independent approach into upper limits on the coupling strengths κugt/Λ<6.9⋅10−3 TeV−1 and κcgt/Λ<1.6⋅10−2 TeV−1, where Λ is the new physics scale, and on the branching fractions B(t→ug)<5.7⋅10−5 and B(t→cg)<2.7⋅10−4.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics|
|State||Published - 12 Jun 2012|
- Heavy-quark production
- Single top quark
- Top physics