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Evidence for production of single top quarks and first direct measurement of vertical bar V-tb vertical bar
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2007 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, Vol. 98, no 18, 181802- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The D0 Collaboration presents first evidence for the production of single top quarks at the Fermilab Tevatron < p(p)over bar > collider. Using a 0.9 fb(-1) dataset, we apply a multivariate analysis to separate signal from background and measure sigma(< p(p)over bar >-> tb+X,tqb+X)=4.9 +/- 1.4 pb. The probability to measure a cross section at this value or higher in the absence of a signal is 0.035%, corresponding to a 3.4 standard deviation significance. We use the cross section measurement to directly determine the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix element that describes the Wtb coupling and find 0.68 <= 1 at 95% C.L. within the standard model.

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2007. Vol. 98, no 18, 181802- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-144705DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.181802ISI: 000246210200017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-144705DiVA: diva2:394324
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