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Using ATLAS to investigate the associated production of a Higgs Boson with a pair of top quarks

Asquith, L.; (2010) Using ATLAS to investigate the associated production of a Higgs Boson with a pair of top quarks. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis describes the study of the channel t \overline{t} H^{0}(H^{0}\rightarrowb\overline{b} with the ATLAS detector with 30fb^-1 of data and a center of mass energy of 10 TeV. Chapter 1 provides a description of the ATLAS detector, followed by a theoretical background in Chapter 2 and a discussion of phenomenology and event generation in Chapter 3. Issues associated with leptons and missing energy are presented in Chapter 4, with focus on optimising the preselection cuts to reduce the rate of background processes, including those previously unconsidered for this channel but found to be important as a consequence of this study. In addition, the reconstruction of the leptonically decaying W Boson from lepton and missing energy is described. The treatment of jets is introduced in Chapter 5, with the focus being again on the optimisation of preselection cuts. Studies presented here are on corrections for energy lost via both muons and neutrinos in semi-leptonic bdecays and preselection cuts based on the transverse momenta and b-weights of individual jets. The issues associated with combinatorial background and the use of jet charge to reduce it is also introduced here. The choice of jet algorithm is considered of great importance for this channel, thus is presented in detail in Chapter 6. Chapter 7 explores the reconstruction of the Higgs Boson from jet pairs, focusing on the segregation of jets by b-weight. The reconstruction of the t \overline{t} H^{0} system is studied with various techniques; an investigation of the use of jet charge to discriminate between b and \overline{b} jets is presented as a novel likelihood variable.Chapter 8 summarises the results obtained using the optimised preselection, jet algorithm and jet charge method. Systematic uncertainties are discussed throughout the thesis where relevant and also summarised.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Using ATLAS to investigate the associated production of a Higgs Boson with a pair of top quarks
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
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UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy

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