Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published by American Physical Society. Phys. Rev. Lett/ 96, 152002 (2006). Copyright © 2006 American Physical Society. Permission to use.


We report a measurement of the top-quark mass using events collected by the CDF II detector from pp̅ collisions at √s = 1.96 TeV at the Fermilab Tevatron. We calculate a likelihood function for the top-quark mass in events that are consistent with tt̅-ν̅bℓ′+ν decays. The likelihood is formed as the convolution of the leading-order matrix element and detector resolution functions. The joint likelihood is the product of likelihoods for each of 33 events collected in 340 pb-1 of integrated luminosity, yielding a top-quark mass Mt = 165.2 ± 6.1(stat) ± 3.4(syst) GeV/c2. This first application of a matrix-element technique to tt̅b+νℓ′-ν̅ℓ′ decays gives the most precise single measurement of Mt in dilepton events. Combined with other CDF run II measurements using dilepton events, we measure Mt = 167.9 ± 5.2(stat) ± 3.7(syst) GeV/c2.

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