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Physical Review D 86 (2012) 112003
Combined search for the quarks of a sequential fourth generation
S. Chatrchyan, M. Besancon1, S. Choudhury1, M. Dejardin1, D. Denegri1, B. Fabbro1, J.L. Faure1, F. Ferri1, S. Ganjour1, A. Givernaud1, P. Gras1, G. Hamel de Monchenault1, P. Jarry1, E. Locci1, J. Malcles1, L. Millischer1, A. Nayak1, J. Rander1, A. Rosowsky1, I. Shreyber1, M. Titov1, S. Baffioni2, F. Beaudette2, L. Benhabib2, L. Bianchini2, M. Bluj2, C. Broutin2, Pierre Busson2, C. Charlot2, N. Daci2, T. Dahms2, L. Dobrzynski2, R. Granier de Cassagnac2, M. Haguenauer2, P. Mine2, C. Mironov2, I.N. Naranjo2, M. Nguyen2, C. Ochando2, P. Paganini2, D. Sabes2, R. Salerno2, Y. Sirois2, C. Veelken2, A. Zabi2, J.-L. Agram3, J. Andrea3, D. Bloch3, D. Bodin3, J.-M. Brom3, M. Cardaci3, E.C. Chabert3, C. Collard3, E. Conte3, F. Drouhin3, C. Ferro3, J.-C. Fontaine3, D. Gele3, U. Goerlach3, P. Juillot3, A.-C. Le Bihan3, P. Van Hove3, F. Fassi4, D. Mercier4, S. Beauceron5, N. Beaupere5, O. Bondu5, G. Boudoul5, J. Chasserat5, R. Chierici5, D. Contardo5, P. Depasse5, H. El Mamouni5, J. Fay5, S. Gascon5, M. Gouzevitch5, B. Ille5, T. Kurca5, M. Lethuillier5, L. Mirabito5, S. Perries5, V. Sordini5, Y. Tschudi5, P. Verdier5, S. Viret5
For the CMS collaboration(s)

Results are presented from a search for a fourth generation of quarks produced singly or in pairs in a data set corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 5 inverse femtobarns recorded by the CMS experiment at the LHC in 2011. A novel strategy has been developed for a combined search for quarks of the up- and down-type in decay channels with at least one isolated muon or electron. Limits on the mass of the fourth-generation quarks and the relevant CKM matrix elements are derived in the context of a simple extension of the standard model with a sequential fourth generation of fermions. The existence of mass-degenerate fourth-generation quarks with masses below 685 GeV is excluded at 95% confidence level for minimal off-diagonal mixing between the third- and the fourth-generation quarks. With a mass difference of 25 GeV between the quark masses, the obtained limit on the masses of the fourth-generation quarks shifts by about +/- 20 GeV. This result significantly reduces the allowed parameter space for a fourth generation of fermions.
1:  IRFU - Institut de Recherches sur les lois Fondamentales de l'Univers (ex DAPNIA)
2:  LLR - Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet
3:  IPHC - Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien
4:  CC IN2P3 - Centre de Calcul de l'inst. national de phy. nucléaire et de phy. des particules
5:  IPNL - Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon
Physics/High Energy Physics - Experiment
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