Search for the production of single vector-like and excited quarks in the $Wt$ final state in $pp$ collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

Abstract : A search for vector-like quarks and excited quarks in events containing a top quark and a $W$ boson in the final state is reported here. The search is based on $20.3 {fb}^{-1}$ of proton--proton collision data taken at the LHC at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV recorded by the ATLAS detector. Events with one or two leptons, and one, two or three jets are selected with the additional requirement that at least one jet contains a $b$-quark. Single-lepton events are also required to contain at least one large-radius jet from the hadronic decay of a high-$p_\mathrm{T}$ $W$ boson or a top quark. No significant excess over the expected background is observed and upper limits on the cross-section times branching ratio for different vector-like quark and excited-quark model masses are derived. For the excited-quark production and decay to $Wt$ with unit couplings, quarks with masses below 1500 GeV are excluded and coupling-dependent limits are set.
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G. Aad, S. Albrand, J. Collot, S. Crépé-Renaudin, P.A. Delsart, et al.. Search for the production of single vector-like and excited quarks in the $Wt$ final state in $pp$ collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Journal of High Energy Physics, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2016, 02, pp.110. ⟨10.1007/JHEP02(2016)110 ⟩. ⟨in2p3-01214321⟩

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