Physical Review D 75,5 (2007)
We present a measurement of the fractions F-0 and F+ of longitudinally polarized and right-handed W bosons in top-quark decays using data collected with the CDF II detector. The data set used in the analysis corresponds to an integrated luminosity of approximately 318 pb(-1). We select t (t) over bar candidate events with one lepton, at least four jets, and missing transverse energy. Our helicity measurement uses the decay angle theta(*), which is defined as the angle between the momentum of the charged lepton in the W boson rest frame and the W momentum in the top-quark rest frame. The cos theta(*) distribution in the data is determined by full kinematic reconstruction of the t (t) over bar candidates. We find F-0=0.85(-0.22)(+0.15)(stat)+/- 0.06(syst) and F+=0.05(-0.05)(+0.11)(stat)+/- 0.03(syst), which is consistent with the standard model prediction. We set an upper limit on the fraction of right-handed W bosons of F+< 0.26 at the 95% confidence level.
Astronomy & Astrophysics;; Physics, Particles & Fields
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