The measurement of the top quark pair production cross section in pp collisions at 7 TeV

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Date/Time:Wednesday, 02 Nov 2011 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:A401, Zaffarano Hall
Contact:Chunhui Chen
Phone:515-294-5062
Channel:High Energy Physics
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Dr. Ioana Anghel, Iowa State University

We present the measurement of the top quark pair production cross section in proton-protonp collisions at a center of mass energy of 7 TeV, using 36/pb of data collected with the CMS experiment at the LHC. The selection of the data sample is based on the final state with one isolated, high transverse momentum muon, missing transverse energy and at least three hadronic jets. The top-antitop content of the selected sample is enhanced by requiring the presence of at least one jet consistent with b-quark hadronization. The measured cross section is in good agreement with higher order QCD calculations.