Enhancing the sensitivity to new physics in the tt̅ invariant mass distribution
PHYSICAL REVIEW D - PARTICLE AND FILDS
Lugar: Oak Ridge; Año: 2012 vol. 86 p. 37501 - 37501
We propose selection cuts on the LHC tt̅ production sample which should enhance the sensitivity to new physics signals in the study of the tt̅ invariant mass distribution. We show that selecting events in which the tt̅ object has little transverse and large longitudinal momentum enlarges the quark-fusion fraction of the sample and therefore increases its sensitivity to new physics which couples to quarks and not to gluons. We find that systematic error bars play a fundamental role and assume a simple model for them. We check how a non-visible new particle would become visible after the selection cuts enhance its resonance bump. A final realistic analysis should be done by the experimental groups with a correct evaluation of the systematic error bars.