This paper presents a measurement of the polarisation of W bosons from tt¯ decays, reconstructed in events with one high-pT lepton and at least four jets. Data from pp collisions at the LHC were collected at s = 8 TeV and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 20.2 fb- 1. The angle θ∗between the b-quark from the top quark decay and a direct W boson decay product in the W boson rest frame is sensitive to the W boson polarisation. Two different W decay products are used as polarisation analysers: the charged lepton and the down-type quark for the leptonically and hadronically decaying W boson, respectively. The most precise measurement of the W boson polarisation via the distribution of cos θ∗is obtained using the leptonic analyser and events in which at least two of the jets are tagged as b-quark jets. The fitted fractions of longitudinal, left- and right-handed polarisation states are F0=0.709±0.019, FL=0.299±0.015 and FR=-0.008±0.014, and are the most precisely measured W boson polarisation fractions to date. Limits on anomalous couplings of the Wtb vertex are set.

Measurement of the W boson polarisation in tt¯ events from pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV in the lepton + jets channel with ATLAS

Amoroso, S.;Barbero, M.;Bellagamba, L.;Benitez, J.;Bona, M.;Cairo, V. M.;Callea, G.;Cao, T.;Capua, M.;Cardillo, F.;Carli, I.;Cavaliere, V.;Cerri, A.;Chen, H.;Chiarella, V.;Colombo, T.;Conti, G.;Crosetti, G.;David, C.;De Maria, A.;De Pedis, D.;Del Gaudio, M.;DeMarco, D. A.;Fabbri, L.;Farina, C.;Fischer, A.;Francis, D.;Gabrielli, A.;Gabrielli, A.;Glasman, C.;Iacobucci, G.;Iodice, M.;Jackson, B.;Rotonda, L. La;Le, B.;Li, C.;Li, Q.;Li, S.;Liu, J.;Liu, L.;Liu, M.;Liu, Y.;Lu, N.;Madaffari, D.;Mancini, G.;Martinez, M.;Mastroberardino, A.;Melo, M.;Meoni, E.;Merola, L.;Perini, L.;Petrucci, F.;Ragusa, F.;Rinaldi, L.;Scarfone, V.;Schioppa, M.;