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PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 107, 091802 (2011); DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.091802


Copyright 2011 CERN, for the CMS Collaboration


Electroweak production of the top quark is measured for the first time in pp collisions at √s= 7 TeV, using a data set collected with the CMS detector at the LHC and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36 pb-1. With an event selection optimized for t-channel production, two complementary analyses are performed. The first one exploits the special angular properties of the signal, together with background estimates from the data. The second approach uses a multivariate analysis technique to probe the compatibility with signal topology expected from electroweak top-quark production. The combined measurement of the cross section is 83.6±29.8 (stat + syst) ± 3.3 (lumi) pb, consistent with the standard model expectation.

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