Search for a heavy resonance decaying to a top quark and a vector-like top quark in the lepton + jets final state in pp collisions at $$\sqrt{s} = 13\,\text {TeV} $$ s = 13 TeV

A. M. Sirunyan, A. Tumasyan, W. Adam, F. Ambrogi, E. Asilar, T. Bergauer, J. Brandstetter, M. Dragicevic, J. Erö, A. Escalante Del Valle, M. Flechl, R. Frühwirth (+2281 others)
2019 European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields  
A search is presented for a heavy spin-1 resonance Z' decaying to a top quark and a vector-like top quark partner T in the lepton+jets final state. The search is performed using a data set of pp collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb^-1 as recorded by the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC in the year 2016. The analysis is optimised for final states arising from the T decay modes to a top quark and a Higgs or Z boson (T → Ht, Zt). The
more » ... nt selection makes use of resolved and merged top quark decay products, as well as decays of boosted Higgs bosons and Z and W bosons using jet substructure techniques. No significant deviation from the standard model background expectation is observed. Exclusion limits on the product of the cross section and branching fraction for Z' → ttT, T → Ht, Zt, Wb are presented for various combinations of the Z' resonance mass and the vector-like T quark mass. These results represent the most stringent limits to date for the decay mode Z' → tT → tHt. In a benchmark model with extra dimensions, invoking a heavy spin-1 resonance G^*, masses of the G^* between 1.5 and 2.3 TeV and between 2.0 and 2.4 TeV are excluded for T masses of 1.2 and 1.5 TeV, respectively.
doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-019-6688-5 fatcat:scvqb6pydvdr7ei6eiteugnn4u