Top-tagging with shower deconstruction and search for single production of vector-like quarks at ATLAS

Gutierrez Ortiz, Nicolas Gilberto (2015) Top-tagging with shower deconstruction and search for single production of vector-like quarks at ATLAS. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The identification of high transverse momentum top quarks is an essential ingredient of many searches for new physics. This thesis presents, for the first time, the performance of shower deconstruction, a new top-tagging algorithm, using data collected with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The distribution of the shower deconstruction observable, the likelihood ratio $\chi_{\mathrm{SD}}$, is shown to be very well modelled by modern Monte Carlo generators, and is compared to several other algorithms and jet substructure observables. Shower deconstruction is shown to have the best quark- and gluon-jet background rejection over a wide range of signal efficiency. Vector-like quarks are a feature of several new physics models. As they do not gain their mass from a Yukawa coupling, they are still allowed by constraints set by Higgs production cross section measurements. These, so-called, fermionic-partners can play a role similar to that of bosonic-partners in supersymmetric models, providing a solution for the naturalness problem. This thesis presents the first dedicated search for single production of vector-like quarks, using data collected with the ATLAS detector, introducing novel strategies for separating signal from background. This work extends the exclusion limits from production of pairs of vector-like quarks, from 700 GeV to 950 GeV, for suitably large vector-like quarks couplings. Also, exclusion limits on the coupling versus vector-like quark mass space are presented for the first time. Large-R jet triggers are first introduced in ATLAS during Run 1 to cover topologies where these jets play a predominant role. In this thesis, several performance metrics of these triggers are presented, using data collected with the ATLAS detector, highlighting their advantages over standard jet triggers. Also, an example of how these triggers can be combined to lepton triggers to increase the efficiency of a search for new physics is shown.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Top-tagging Top-quark Shower deconstruction LHC ATLAS Jets Large jets Jet triggers vector-like quarks single production
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Doyle, Professor Anthony
Date of Award: 2015
Depositing User: Nicolas Gilberto Gutierrez Ortiz
Unique ID: glathesis:2015-6714
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 15:58
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/6714

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