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Modelling Z -> tau tau processes in ATLAS with tau-embedded Z -> mu mu data
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Instrumentation, ISSN 1748-0221, E-ISSN 1748-0221, Vol. 10, P09018Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes the concept, technical realisation and validation of a largely data-driven method to model events with Z -> tau tau decays. In Z -> mu mu events selected from proton-proton collision data recorded at root s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC in 2012, the Z decay muons are replaced by tau leptons from simulated Z -> tau tau decays at the level of reconstructed tracks and calorimeter cells. The tau lepton kinematics are derived from the kinematics of the original muons. Thus, only the well-understood decays of the Z boson and tau leptons as well as the detector response to the tau decay products are obtained from simulation. All other aspects of the event, such as the Z boson and jet kinematics as well as effects from multiple interactions, are given by the actual data. This so-called tau-embedding method is particularly relevant for Higgs boson searches and analyses in tau tau final states, where Z -> tau tau decays constitute a large irreducible background that cannot be obtained directly from data control samples. In this paper, the relevant concepts are discussed based on the implementation used in the ATLAS Standard Model H -> tau tau analysis of the full datataset recorded during 2011 and 2012.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 10, P09018
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Performance of High Energy Physics Detectors, Simulation methods and programs, Analysis and statistical methods
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-176449DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/10/09/P09018ISI: 000362421300021ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84948400644OAI: diva2:867019
Knut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationSwedish Research Council

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Available from: 2015-11-04 Created: 2015-11-04 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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