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Aad, G.; Abajyan, T.; Abbott, B.; Abdallah, J.; Abdel Khalek, S.; Abdinov, O.; Aben, R.; Abi, B.; Abolins, M.; AbouZeid, O. S.; Abramowicz, H.; Abreu, H.; Abulaiti, Y.; Acharya, B. S.; Adamczyk, L.; Adams, D. L.; Addy, T. N.; Adelman, J.; Adomeit, Stefanie; Adye, T.; Aefsky, S.; Agatonovic-Jovin, T.; Aguilar-Saavedra, J. A.; Agustoni, M.; Ahlen, S. P.; Ahmad, A.; Ahmadov, F.; Aielli, G. (2014): Measurement of the top quark pair production charge asymmetry in proton-proton collisions at √s = 7 TeV using the ATLAS detector. In: Journal of High Energy Physics, No. 2


This paper presents a measurement of the top quark pair (tt¯) production charge asymmetry A C using 4.7 fb−1 of proton-proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy s√ = 7 TeV collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC. A tt¯-enriched sample of events with a single lepton (electron or muon), missing transverse momentum and at least four high transverse momentum jets, of which at least one is tagged as coming from a b-quark, is selected. A likelihood fit is used to reconstruct the tt¯ event kinematics. A Bayesian unfolding procedure is employed to estimate A C at the parton-level. The measured value of the tt¯ production charge asymmetry is A C = 0.006 ± 0.010, where the uncertainty includes both the statistical and the systematic components. Differential A C measurements as a function of the invariant mass, the rapidity and the transverse momentum of the tt¯ system are also presented. In addition, A C is measured for a subset of events with large tt¯ velocity, where physics beyond the Standard Model could contribute. All measurements are consistent with the Standard Model predictions.