4-11 July 2012
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Australia/Melbourne timezone
ICHEP2012 - 36th International Conference for High Energy Physics

Measurement of top quark properties - electric charge and width (D0)

5 Jul 2012, 16:15
Room 216 (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre)

Room 216

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Australia
Parallel Sessions Track 4 - Top Quark Physics TR4 - Top Quark Physics


Prof. Christian Schwanenberger (University of Manchester (UK))


We present a measurement of the electric charge of the top quark and an improved determination of the total width of the top quark, Gamma_t, using 5.3 fb-1 of integrated luminosity collected by the D0 Collaboration at the Tevatron ppbar Collider. The top quark charge is reconstructed from the top quark decay products in events which have an isolated high-pT charged lepton, large missing transverse momentum, and at least four high-pT jets, at least two of which identified as b-quark jets by a neural network. We exclude the hypothesis that the top quark is an exotic quark of charge −4e/3 at a confidence level greater than six standard deviations and conclude that the observed top quark charge is in good agreement with the standard model value of 2e/3. The total width Gamma_t is extracted from the partial decay width Gamma(t->Wb), obtained from the t-channel single top quark production cross section, and the branching fraction B(t->Wb) measured in ttbar events. For a top mass of 172.5 GeV, the resulting width is Gamma_t = 2.00 +0.47-0.43 GeV which translates to a top-quark lifetime of tau_t = (3.29 +0.90-0.63) 10-25 s.

Primary author

Prof. Christian Schwanenberger (University of Manchester (UK))

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