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Boosted top quark polarization

Godbole, Rohini and Guchait, Monoranjan and Khosa, Charanjit K and Lahiri, Jayita and Sharma, Seema and Vijay, Aravind H (2019) Boosted top quark polarization. In: PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 100 (5).

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.100.056010

Abstract

In top quark production, the polarization of top quarks, decided by the chiral structure of couplings, is likely to be modified in the presence of any new physics contribution to the production. Hence, it is a good discriminator for those new physics models wherein the couplings have a chiral structure different than that in the Standard Model. In this paper, we construct probes of the polarization of a top quark decaying hadronically, using easily accessible kinematic variables such as the energy fraction or angular correlations of the decay products. Tagging the boosted top quark using the jet substructure technique, we study the robustness of these observables for a benchmark process, W' -> tb. We demonstrate that the energy fraction of b jet in the laboratory frame and a new angular variable, constructed by us in the top rest frame, are both very powerful tools to discriminate between the left and right polarized top quarks. Based on the polarization-sensitive angular variables, we construct asymmetries that reflect the polarization. We study the efficacy of these variables for two new physics processes that give rise to boosted top quarks: (i) the decay of the top squark in the context of supersymmetry searches and (ii) decays of the Kaluza-Klein (KK) graviton and KK gluon, in the Randall-Sundrum model. Remarkably, it is found that the asymmetry can vary over a wide range about +20% to -20%. The dependence of asymmetry on top quark couplings of the new particles present in these models beyond the SM is also investigated in detail.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for High Energy Physics
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 09:12
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 09:12
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/63719

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