Observation of Single Top Quark Production and Measurement of |Vtb| with CDF

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We report the observation of electroweak single top quark production in 3.2 fb{sup -1} of p{bar p} collision data collected by the Collider Detector at Fermilab at {radical}s = 1.96 TeV. Candidate events in the W+jets topology with a leptonically decaying W boson are classified as signal-like by four parallel analyses based on likelihood functions, matrix elements, neural networks, and boosted decision trees. These results are combined using a super discriminant analysis based on genetically evolved neural networks in order to improve the sensitivity. This combined result is further combined with that of a search for a single top quark ... continued below

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Aaltonen, T.; Phys., /Helsinki Inst. of; Adelman, J.; /Chicago U., EFI; Alvarez Gonzalez, B.; Phys., /Cantabria Inst. of et al. April 1, 2010.

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We report the observation of electroweak single top quark production in 3.2 fb{sup -1} of p{bar p} collision data collected by the Collider Detector at Fermilab at {radical}s = 1.96 TeV. Candidate events in the W+jets topology with a leptonically decaying W boson are classified as signal-like by four parallel analyses based on likelihood functions, matrix elements, neural networks, and boosted decision trees. These results are combined using a super discriminant analysis based on genetically evolved neural networks in order to improve the sensitivity. This combined result is further combined with that of a search for a single top quark signal in an orthogonal sample of events with missing transverse energy plus jets and no charged lepton. We observe a signal consistent with the standard model prediction but inconsistent with the background-only model by 5.0 standard deviations, with a median expected sensitivity in excess of 5.9 standard deviations. We measure a production cross section of 2.3{sub -0.5}{sup +0.6}(stat + sys) pb, extract the CKM matrix element value |V{sub tb}| = 0.91{sub -0.11}{sup +0.11}(stat + sys) {+-} 0.07(theory), and set a lower limit |V{sub tb}| > 0.71 at the 95% confidence level, assuming m{sub t} = 175 GeV/c{sup 2}.

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  • Report No.: FERMILAB-PUB-10-063-E
  • Grant Number: AC02-07CH11359
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 975163
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc929150

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Aaltonen, T.; Phys., /Helsinki Inst. of; Adelman, J.; /Chicago U., EFI; Alvarez Gonzalez, B.; Phys., /Cantabria Inst. of et al. Observation of Single Top Quark Production and Measurement of |Vtb| with CDF, article, April 1, 2010; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc929150/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.