Electroweak and Higgs measurements using tau final states with the LHCb detector

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Title: Electroweak and Higgs measurements using tau final states with the LHCb detector
Authors: Ilten, Philip
metadata.dc.contributor.advisor: McNulty, Ronan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6794
Date: 2013
Abstract: Spin correlations for tau lepton decays are included in the Pythia 8 event generation software with a framework which can be expanded to include the decays of particles other than the tau lepton. The spin correlations for the decays of tau leptons produced from electroweak and Higgs bosons are calculated. Decays of the tau lepton using sophisticated resonance models are included in Pythia 8 for all channels with experimentally observed branching fractions greater than 0.04%. The mass distributions for the decay products of these channels calculated with Pythia 8 are validated against the equivalent distributions from the Herwig++ and Tauola event generators. The technical implementation of the tau lepton spin correlations and decays in Pythia 8 is described.A measurement of the inclusive Z to di-tau cross-section using 1.0 inverse fb of data from pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV collected with the LHCb detector is presented. Reconstructed final states containing two muons, a muon and an electron, a muon and a charged hadron, or an electron and a charged hadron are selected as Z to di-tau candidates. The cross-section for Z bosons with a mass between 60 and 120 GeV decaying into tau leptons with pseudo-rapidities between 2.0 and 4.5 and transverse momenta greater than 20 GeV is measured to be 72.3 +- 3.5 +- 2.9 +- 2.5 pb. The first uncertainty is statistical, the second uncertainty is systematic, and the third is to due the integrated luminosity uncertainty. The Z to di-tau to Z to di-muon cross-section ratio is found to be 0.94 +- 0.09 and the Z to di-tau to Z to di-electron cross-section ratio is found to be 0.95 +- 0.07. The uncertainty on these ratios is the combined statistical, systematic, and luminosity uncertainties.Limits on the production of neutral Higgs bosons decaying into tau lepton pairs with pseudo-rapidities between 2.0 and 4.5 are set at a 95% confidence level using the same LHCb dataset. A model independent upper limit on the production of neutral Higgs bosons decaying into tau leptons is set and ranges between 8.6 pb for a Higgs boson mass of 90 GeV to 0.7 pb for a Higgs boson mass of 250 GeV. This limit is compared to the expected standard model cross-section. An upper limit on tan-beta in the CP-odd Higgs mass and tan-beta plane is set for the mh-max scenario of the minimal supersymmetric model and varies from 34 for a CP-odd Higgs boson mass of 90 GeV to 70 for a CP-odd Higgs boson mass of 140 GeV.
Type of material: Doctoral Thesis
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Physics
Advisor: Ph.D.
Copyright (published version): 2013 the author
Keywords: HEP;Higgs;Tau lepton;Z boson
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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