Forward-backward asymmetry in top quark-antiquark production

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Abazov, V. M.
Abbott, B.
Acharya, B. S.
Adams, M.
Adams, T.
Alexeev, G. D.
Alkhazov, G.
Alton, A.
Alverson, G.
Alves, G. A.

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Amer Physical Soc


We present a measurement of forward-backward asymmetry in top quark-antiquark production in proton-antiproton collisions in the final state containing a lepton and at least four jets. Using a data set corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 5.4 fb(-1), collected by the D0 experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider, we measure the t (t) over bar forward-backward asymmetry to be (9.2 +/- 3.7)% at the reconstruction level. When corrected for detector acceptance and resolution, the asymmetry is found to be (19.6 +/- 6.5)%. We also measure a corrected asymmetry based on the lepton from a top quark decay, found to be (15.2 +/- 4.0)%. The results are compared to predictions based on the next-to-leading-order QCD generator MC@NLO. The sensitivity of the measured and predicted asymmetries to the modeling of gluon radiation is discussed.



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Physical Review D. College Pk: Amer Physical Soc, v. 84, n. 11, p. 13, 2011.