LHC top partner searches beyond the 2 TeV mass region

Mihailo Backović, Thomas Flacke, Seung J. Lee, Gilad Perez

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We propose a new search strategy for heavy top partners at the early stages of the LHC run-II, based on lepton-jet final states. Our results show that final states containing a boosted massive jet and a hard lepton, in addition to a top quark and possibly a forward jet, offer a new window to both detecting and measuring top partners of mass ∼ 2TeV. Our resulting signal significance is comparable or superior to the same sign dilepton channels for top partner masses heavier than roughly 1 TeV. Unlike the di-lepton channel, the selection criteria we propose are sensitive both to 5/3 and 1/3 charge top partners and allow for full reconstruction of the resonance mass peak. Our search strategy utilizes a simplified b-tagging procedure and the Template Overlap Method to tag the massive boosted objects and reject the corresponding backgrounds. In addition, we propose a new, pileup insensitive method, to tag forward jets which characterize our signal events. We consider full effects of pileup contamination at 50 interactions per bunch crossing. We demonstrate that even in the most pessimistic pileup scenarios, the significance we obtain is sufficient to claim a discovery over a wide range of top partner parameters. While we focus on the minimal natural composite Higgs model, the results of this paper can be easily translated into bounds on any heavy partner with a tt¯Wj final state topology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number22
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 13

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  • Beyond Standard Model
  • Heavy Quark Physics
  • Technicolor and Composite Models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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