Measurement of the Ratio σtt¯/σZ/γ*→ll and Precise Extraction of the tt¯ Cross Section Academic Article uri icon


  • We report a measurement of the ratio of the tt to Z/γ{*} production cross sections in sqrt[s]=1.96  TeV pp collisions using data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of up to 4.6  fb{-1}, collected by the CDF II detector. The tt cross section ratio is measured using two complementary methods, a b-jet tagging measurement and a topological approach. By multiplying the ratios by the well-known theoretical Z/γ{*}→ll cross section predicted by the standard model, the extracted tt cross sections are effectively insensitive to the uncertainty on luminosity. A best linear unbiased estimate is used to combine both measurements with the result σ{tt}=7.70±0.52  pb, for a top-quark mass of 172.5  GeV/c{2}.

author list (cited authors)

  • Aaltonen, T., Adelman, J., González, B., Amerio, S., Amidei, D., Anastassov, A., ... Zucchelli, S.

citation count

  • 55

publication date

  • June 2010