Algorithmic improvements and calibration measurements for flavour tagging at the ATLAS experiment
Proceedings of The European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics — PoS(EPS-HEP2017)
The identification of jets containing bottom or charm hadrons is crucial to the LHC physics program. Top-quark decays proceed almost exclusively through a b-quark. The Standard Model Higgs boson decays predominantly to bb pairs. Several scenarios of new physics result in an enhanced production of fermions of the third generation, such as models with an extended Higgs sector or scalar top and bottom quark production in Supersymmetry. These physics scenarios correspond to very different
... different environments for performing the identification of jets with heavy flavour hadrons of very different kinematics. This justifies a special effort in the identification of band c-jets with the ATLAS detector  over a broad kinematical range. Flavour tagging is based on the reconstructed trajectories of particle tracks and their extrapolation to the colliding beam envelope. The introduction of the ATLAS IBL pixel layer located at a radial distance of 3.3 cm from the interaction region with a 10 µm hit spatial resolution in Run 2  resulted in an improvement of the track extrapolation resolution by a factor up to 2 at low values of the track transverse momentum, p T . The adoption of a stochastic model of energy deposition in Si pixels  and of a more realistic description of the material in the ATLAS inner detector system in the 2017 software configuration improved the data/MC agreement for the track extrapolation resolution and the response of track-based taggers. Improvements and innovations in physics taggers, new approaches to multivariate analysis and training samples have brought optimised and more performant flavour-tagging algorithms for the analysis of the 2017 LHC collision data with ATLAS. This contribution summarises these recent developments. More details on jet flavour tagging in ATLAS and its performance in the 2017 configuration can be found in [4, 5].