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Title: Phenomenological studies of top quark production in the forward region of phase space at the LHC
Author: Gauld, Rhorry
ISNI:       0000 0004 5920 2598
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis contains phenomenological studies of top quark production in the forward region of phase space at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The production of highly forward top quarks has so far not been observed in nature. As the LHCb detector at the LHC is instrumented in the forward region, this opens the possibility of studying top quark properties in this yet unexplored region of phase space. This feasibility of performing cross section and charge asymmetry measurements of top quark pairs with available and future LHCb data is studied in detail. In both cases, potential analysis strategies are proposed, and sophisticated theoretical predictions are provided for both signal and background. By studying the expected experimental sensitivity of cross section measurements, the potential constraints on parton distribution functions is quantified. The sensitivity of the proposed charge asymmetry measurements with the full Run II LHCb data is also considered.
Supervisor: Haisch, Ulrich ; John, Malcolm Sponsor: Science and Technology Facilities Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Particle physics ; Theoretical physics ; forward physics ; top quark physics