Tim Gershon of LHCb argues that apparently harmless academic discussions risk evolving into a negative outlook for the field.
In two new results, ATLAS presents strong evidence for the production of a single top quark in association with a Z boson.
No more than a few hundred tZq events and a dozen tttt events were expected after selection.
The coupling can be directly probed by measuring the rate of events in which a Higgs boson is produced in association with a pair of top quarks.
The Higgs boson decays to a pair of b quarks is by far the most frequent decay channel, however the signal is overwhelmed by QCD production.
While only retaining 40% of the events, the total uncertainty is improved by 19%, leading to a top-quark mass of 172.08±0.91 GeV.
The electroweak mixing angle is a key parameter defining how the SM unifies the electromagnetic and weak forces.
This year’s EPS conference was also the first large conference where the results from the 2015 and 2016 runs of the LHC at 13 TeV were presented.
To find evidence for the H → bb decay in the VH production channel, it is necessary to use detailed information on the properties of the decay products.
A recent analysis by CMS aimed to identify events in which a W-boson pair is produced purely via the electroweak interaction.