May 16 – 20, 2022
Europe/Zurich timezone

Novel broad-mass search for new scalar particles in FCNC top quark decays using the full Run 2 data of the ATLAS detector

May 17, 2022, 7:00 PM
Experimental poster Top Physics Poster Session I


Adrian Salvador Salas (The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) (ES))


No analysis in ATLAS or CMS has so far searched for FCNC decays of top quarks into a new scalar (X) in a broad mass range probing branching ratios below $10^{-3}$. In the case of the Higgs boson, branching ratios $t\to Hu/c$ are predicted within the SM to be of about $O(10^{-17})/O(10^{-15})$. Several beyond-SM theoretical models predict new particles and enhanced branching ratios. In particular, simple SM extensions involve the Froggatt-Nielsen mechanism, which introduces a scalar field with flavour charge, the so-called flavon, featuring flavour violating interactions. Using the full Run 2 data, ATLAS has performed a search for a scalar of a mass in the range between 20 and 160 GeV and decaying into a pair of bottom quarks. In order to distinguish signal from background, a feed-forward neural network that uses kinematic variables together with various invariant masses of pairs of b-jets is used in the fits for the various mass hypotheses. The method, strategy and preliminary results for both FCNC decays $t\to cX$ and $t\to uX$ will be presented.

Primary authors

Adrian Salvador Salas (The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) (ES)) Andreas Korn (University College London (GB))

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