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A Search for Di-Leptonic Final State Vector-Like Quark Pair Production in 13 TeV pp Collisions using CMS Data

Jul 30, 2019, 5:25 PM
Shillman 335 (Northeastern University)

Shillman 335

Northeastern University

Oral Presentation Beyond Standard Model Physics Beyond Standard Model


Pamela Pajarillo (Rutgers State Univ. of New Jersey (US))


We describe a search for the production of a pair of vector-like quarks (VLQ's) with masses greater than 1000 GeV/c$^2$in a di-lepton final state using data from proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV recorded by the CMS Experiment. The analysis is based on detection of a di-lepton pair from the decay of a $Z$ boson and is sensitive to events in which one VLQ decays to a $b$ quark and a $Z$ boson and the other to a $b$ quark and either a $Z$ or a Higgs boson. Requiring that the event kinematics are consistent with a di-leptonic $Z$ decay, with either a $Z$ or Higgs decaying to jets and that the reconstructed VLQ's have equal masses greatly reduces the background from Standard Model processes. We use a $\chi^2$ procedure based on the Higgs or $Z$ mass and the equality of the two VLQ masses to select the correct combinations of jets. Since for a highly boosted Higgs or $Z$, the two jets resulting from the daughter quarks might be merged to a single jet, we carry out two independent analyses depending on the number of observed jets. We present the expected exclusion limits from the combined analyses corresponding to 138 fb$^{-1}$ of integrated luminosity collected by CMS during the 2016, 2017 and 2018 run period.

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Pamela Pajarillo (Rutgers State Univ. of New Jersey (US))


the CMS Collaboration

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