A search for flavor-changing neutral currents in top-quark decays t→Zq is performed in events produced from the decay chain tt¯→Zq+Wb, where both vector bosons decay leptonically, producing a final state with three leptons (electrons or muons). A data set collected with the CMS detector at the LHC is used, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7  fb−1 of proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. No excess is seen in the observed number of events relative to the standard model prediction; thus, no evidence for flavor-changing neutral currents in top-quark decays is found. A combination with a previous search at 7 TeV excludes a t→Zq branching fraction greater than 0.05% at the 95% confidence level.

Search for flavor-changing neutral currents in top-quark decays t -> Zq in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 8 TeV

CANDELISE, VIERI;DELLA RICCA, GIUSEPPE;LA LICATA, CHIARA;MARONE, MATTEO;MONTANINO, DAMIANA;SCHIZZI, ANDREA;UMER, TOMO;
2014

Abstract

A search for flavor-changing neutral currents in top-quark decays t→Zq is performed in events produced from the decay chain tt¯→Zq+Wb, where both vector bosons decay leptonically, producing a final state with three leptons (electrons or muons). A data set collected with the CMS detector at the LHC is used, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7  fb−1 of proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. No excess is seen in the observed number of events relative to the standard model prediction; thus, no evidence for flavor-changing neutral currents in top-quark decays is found. A combination with a previous search at 7 TeV excludes a t→Zq branching fraction greater than 0.05% at the 95% confidence level.
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