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Search for four-top-quark production in the single-lepton and opposite-sign dilepton final states in pp collisions at s =13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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Aaboud, M 
Aad, G 
Abbott, B 
Abdinov, O 
Abeloos, B 


A search for four-top-quark production, tt¯tt¯, is presented. It is based on proton-proton collision data with a center-of-mass energy s = 13 TeV collected by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider during the year 2015 and 2016, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb−1. Data are analyzed in both the single-lepton and opposite-sign dilepton channels, characterized by the presence of one or two isolated electrons or muons with high-transverse momentum and multiple jets. A data-driven method is used to estimate the dominant background from top-quark pair production in association with jets. No significant excess above the Standard Model expectation is observed. The result is combined with the previous same-sign dilepton and multilepton searches carried out by ATLAS and an observed (expected) upper limit of 5.3 (2.1) times the four-top-quark Standard Model cross section is obtained at 95% confidence level. Additionally, upper limit on anomalous four-top-quark production cross section is set in the context of an effective field theory model.



hep-ex, hep-ex

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Physical Review D

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American Physical Society (APS)


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