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Combination of the top-quark mass measurements from the Tevatron collider

Abstract : The top quark is the heaviest known elementary particle, with a mass about twice the mass of the $W$ and $Z$ bosons of the weak interaction, and about 40 times larger than the mass of its isospin partner, the bottom quark. It decays almost 100% of the time to a $W$ boson and a bottom quark, and the $W$ boson then decays to a lepton and a neutrino or to a quark-antiquark pair. Using top-antitop pairs at the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider, the CDF and {\dzero} collaborations have measured the top quark's mass in different decay channels for integrated luminosities of up to 5.8 fb$^{-1}$. This paper reports on a combination of these measurements that results in a more precise value of the mass than any individual decay channel can provide. It describes the treatment of the systematic uncertainties and their correlations. The mass value determined is $173.18 \pm 0.56({\rm stat}) \pm 0.75({\rm syst})$ GeV or $173.18 \pm 0.94$ GeV, which has a precision of $\pm 0.54%$, making the mass of the top quark the most accurately measured mass of the standard model quarks.
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T. Aaltonen, M. C. Cousinou, A. Duperrin, W. Geng, E. Kajfasz, et al.. Combination of the top-quark mass measurements from the Tevatron collider. Physical Review D, American Physical Society, 2012, 86, pp.092003. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.86.092003⟩. ⟨in2p3-00717117⟩



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