Measurement of the helicity of W bosons in top quark decays

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We use the transverse momentum spectrum of leptons in the decay chain t→bW with W→lv to measure the helicity of the W bosons in the top quark rest frame. Our measurement uses a tt̄ sample isolated in 106±4pb-1 of data collected in pp̄ collisions at √s=1.8TeV with the CDF detector at the Fermilab Tevatron. Assuming a standard V-A weak decay, we find that the fraction of W's with zero helicity in the top rest frame is F0=0.91±0.37(stat)±0.13(syst), consistent with the standard model prediction of F0=0.70 for a top mass of 175GeV/c2. © 2000 The American Physical Society.

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  • Affolder, T; Akimoto, H; Akopian, A; Albrow, MG; Amaral, P; Amendolia, SR; Amidei, D; Antos, J; Apollinari, G; Arisawa, T; Asakawa, T; Ashmanskas, W; Atac, M; Azzi-Bacchetta, P; Bacchetta, N; Bailey, MW; Bailey, S; de Barbaro, P; Barbaro-Galtieri, A; Barnes, VE; Barnett, BA; Barone, M; Bauer, G; Bedeschi, F; Belforte, S; Bellettini, G; Bellinger, J; Benjamin, D; Bensinger, J; Beretvas, A; Berge, JP; Berryhill, J; Bertolucci, S; Bevensee, B; Bhatti, A; Bigongiari, C; Binkley, M; Bisello, D; Blair, RE; Blocker, C; Bloom, K; Blumenfeld, B; Blusk, BS; Bocci, A; Bodek, A; Bokhari, W; Bolla, G; Bonushkin, Y; Bortoletto, D; Boudreau, J; Brandl, A; Van den Brink, S; Bromberg, C; Bruner, N; Buckley-Geer, E; Budagov, J; Budd, HS; Burkett, K; Busetto, G; Byon-Wagner, A; Byrum, KL; Campbell, M; Caner, A; Carithers, W; Carlson, J; Carlsmith, D; Cassada, J; Castro, A; Cauz, D; Cerri, A; Chang, PS; Chang, PT; Chapman, J; Chen, C; Chen, YC; Cheng, MT; Chertok, M; Chiarelli, G; Chirikov-Zorin, I; Chlachidze, G; Chlebana, F; Christofek, L; Chu, ML; Cihangir, S; Ciobanu, CI; Clark, AG; Cobal, M; Cocca, E; Connolly, A; Conway, J; Cooper, J; Cordelli, M; Costanzo, D; Cranshaw, J; Cronin-Hennessy, D; Cropp, R; Culbertson, R; Dagenhart, D; De Jongh, F; Dell-Agnello, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 84 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 216 - 221

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.84.216

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  • Scopus