Improved spin basis for angular correlation studies in single top quark production at the Fermilab Tevatron

Gregory Mahlon, Stephen Parke

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Abstract

We show in single top quark production that the spin of the top quark is correlated with the direction of the [Formula presented]-type quark in the event. For single top-quark production in the [Formula presented] channel, the [Formula presented]-type quark comes dominantly from the antiproton at the Fermilab Tevatron, whereas for the [Formula presented]-gluon fusion channel the spectator jet is the [Formula presented]-type quark the majority of the time at this machine. Our results are that 98% of the top quarks from the [Formula presented] process have their spins in the antiproton direction, and 96% of the top quarks in the [Formula presented]-gluon fusion process have their spins in the spectator jet direction. We also compare with the more traditional, but less effective, helicity basis. The direction of the top quark spin is reflected in angular correlations in its decay products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7249-7254
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume55
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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