Dr Gabriele Benelli (University of Kansas (US))
Measurements of single top quark production in the tW-channel in pp collisions are presented. In the tW-channel a top quark is produced in association with a W boson. The data were collected in the years 2011 and 2012 at centre-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV. The experimental signature is similar to top pair production, and there is interference at higher orders between the two processes. The measurements are perfomed using final states in which the associated W boson as well as the one originating from the top quark decay leptonically. Multivariate methods are used to extract the cross section. The result is compared with current standard model theory predictions. Furthermore, a search for flavor changing neutral currents in top quark decays is presented.
Dr Kerstin Borras (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE))