Search for pair and single production of vectorlike quarks in final states with at least one Z boson decaying into a pair of electrons or muons in pp collision data collected with the ATLAS detector at s =13 TeV

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Abstract

A search for vectorlike quarks is presented, which targets their decay into a Z boson and a third-generation Standard Model quark. In the case of a vectorlike quark T (B) with charge +2/3e (-1/3e), the decay searched for is T→Zt (B→Zb). Data for this analysis were taken during 2015 and 2016 with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb-1 of pp collisions at s=13 TeV. The final state used is characterized by the presence of b-tagged jets, as well as a Z boson with high transverse momentum, which is reconstructed from a pair of opposite-sign same-flavor leptons. Pair and single production of vectorlike quarks are both taken into account and are each searched for using optimized dileptonic exclusive and trileptonic inclusive event selections. In these selections, the high scalar sum of jet transverse momenta, the presence of high-transverse-momentum large-radius jets, as well as - in the case of the single-production selections - the presence of forward jets are used. No significant excess over the background-only hypothesis is found and exclusion limits at 95% confidence level allow masses of vectorlike quarks of mT>1030 GeV (mT>1210 GeV) and mB>1010 GeV (mB>1140 GeV) in the singlet (doublet) model. In the case of 100% branching ratio for T→Zt (B→Zb), the limits are mT>1340 GeV (mB>1220 GeV). Limits at 95% confidence level are also set on the coupling to Standard Model quarks for given vectorlike quark masses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112010
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume98
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

Funding

FundersFunder number
Not addedST/J005533/1, ST/K001310/1, ST/L006162/1, ST/N000447/1, ST/J004804/1, ST/H001158/1, ST/M000753/1, ST/N000307/1, ST/K001329/1, ST/N000420/1
AvH Foundation
BSF-NSF
Benoziyo Center, Israel
CEA-DRF/IRFU
Cantons of Bern and Geneva
DNSRCIN2P3-CNRS
DST/NRF
EU-ESF
MES of Russia
MESTD
MIZŠ
MNE/IFA
MSMT
MSSR
RGC
VSC CR
National Science Foundation1812377, 1624739
National Science Foundation
U.S. Department of Energy
Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COLCIENCIAS)
H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science
CERN
National Research Council
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Glycemic Index Foundation
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Science and Technology Facilities CouncilST/L003449/1, GRIDPP
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Leverhulme Trust
Royal Society
European Research Council
European Cooperation in Science and Technology
Australian Research Council
Singapore Eye Research Institute
Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Danmarks Grundforskningsfond
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Austrian Science Fund
Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica
Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica
Ministerstvo Zdravotnictví Ceské Republiky
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft
General Secretariat for Research and Technology
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
Ministry of Science and Technology
Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
Israel Science Foundation
Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
Narodowe Centrum Nauki
Javna Agencija za Raziskovalno Dejavnost RS
Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego
Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique et Technique
British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund
European Regional Development Fund
Institut Nacional d'Educacio Fisica de Catalunya, Generalitat de Catalunya
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute"
Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation

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