LHCTopWG - LHC Top Physics Working Group

This is the public home page of the LHC working group on Top Quark physics. The mandate of the group can be found here: Mandatev8.pdf, and the agreement of the four experiments on how to proceed in general for Tevatron/LHC combinations is found here: https://twiki.cern.ch/twiki/pub/LHCPhysics/LHCTopWG/Tevatron_LHC_Combos_Final-2.pdf

Structure and organization of the group

The activity of the working group is coordinated by one contact person per experiment, who maintain close contact with the four top group conveners of ATLAS and CMS, and one contact person for the theory community. The LHCtopWG is fully integrated in the activity of the LPCC.

  • Contact person for CMS: Maria Aldaya
  • Contact person for ATLAS: Wolfgang Wagner
  • Contact person for LHCb: Katharina Mueller
  • Contact person for TH: Fabio Maltoni
  • Current CMS top conveners: Kai-Feng (Jack) Chen, Jan Kieseler
  • Current ATLAS top conveners: Marcel Vos, Andrea Knue

Former coordinators of the group: Roberto Chierici (CMS), Markus Cristinziani (ATLAS), Maria Costa (ATLAS), Alison Lister (ATLAS), Mark Owen (ATLAS), Martijn Mulders (CMS), Reinhard Schwienhorst (ATLAS), Michelangelo Mangano (Theory)

The LHCtopWG is organised in subgroups, each corresponding to the combination effort for a certain measurement. Each subgroup has a contact person per experiment (obviously member of the group), responsible for providing the combination and the relevant documentation. The complete mandate of the subgroup contact person can be found here.

The current structure is as follows:

Working groups

  • Top pair cross section: Veronique Boisvert (ATLAS), Jan Kieseler (CMS)
  • Top mass: Mark Owen (ATLAS), Steve Wimpenny, Martijn Mulders, and Matteo Defranchis (CMS)
  • Differential distributions: Marino Romano (ATLAS), Olaf Behnke (CMS)
  • Delta Phi Spin Correlation: Miriam Watson and James Howarth (ATLAS), Afiq Anuar, Giulia Negro, and Andy Jung (CMS)
  • Effective field theory (EFT): Jacob Kempster, Baptiste Ravina, and Tom Stevenson (ATLAS), Sergio Sanchez Cruz, Kirill Skovpen and Jon Wilson (CMS)
  • LHC EFT WG contacts: Jacob Kempster (ATLAS), Robert Schoefbeck (CMS), Ken Mimasu (theory)

Not currently active:

  • W helicity: Mohammad Kareem (ATLAS), Mara Senghi, Maria Aldaya, Martijn Mulders (CMS)
  • Single top cross section: Carlos Escobar Ibanez (ATLAS), Nadjieh Jafari, Jeremy Andrea (CMS)
  • Charge asymmetry: Frederic Deliot (ATLAS), Thorsten Chwalek (CMS)
  • Top quark pair production in association with Z or W: Markus Cristinziani (ATLAS), Andrew Brinkerhoff (CMS)

While the work of the working group remains experimental in nature, close contact with the theory community is mandatory. Theory members of the group can be invited to attend closed meetings.

With the working groups, task forces with persons representing both experiments are often formed to attack a particular issue of relevance for the combination activities of the working group. The task forces that have been active to date in the LHCtopWG are:

  • Common MC: compare simulation settings and produce MC samples with common settings. Contributing persons: Mike Fenton, Dominic Hirschbuehl, and Reinhard Schwienhorst (ATLAS), Giulia Negro, Markus Seidel, and Andris Potrebko (CMS)
  • Harmonization of systematic uncertainties: Andrea Knue, Dominic Hirschbuehl (ATLAS), Efe Yazgan, Enrique Palencia (CMS)

  • Jet/MET: for a proper grouping of the systematic sources related to JES uncertainties. Contributing persons: Steven Schramm and Dimitris Varouchas (ATLAS), Anastasia Karavdina, Henning Kirschenmann and Mikko Voutilainen (CMS)
  • Common acceptance and pseudo-tops: for defining common conventions for a pseudo-top definition and acceptance where both experiments should quote fiducial cross sections. Contributing persons: Kevin Finelli and Dominic Hirschbuehl (ATLAS), Junghwan Goh, Orso Iorio (CMS).
  • Radiation and generators: for comparing the definition of systematic sources coming from the modelling of radiation in the MC, and in general for generator settings in the two experiments. Contributing persons: James Ferrando and Dominic Hirschbuhel (ATLAS), Benedikt Maier and Markus Seidel (CMS)
  • b-tagging: for a proper grouping of the systematic sources related to b-tagging. Contributing persons: Martin zur Nedden and Liza Mijovic (ATLAS), Luca Scodellaro (CMS)

Useful links and mailing lists

Reference cross sections

Hot Topics

Here there is a collection of links to very useful Twiki pages where all recommendations by the working group are documented and discussed. Please refer to those for preparing your analyses !

The following are instead links documenting studies performed by the WG and that are of general interest


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