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The top quark is the heaviest known elementary particle, with a mass about 40 times larger than the mass of its isospin partner, the bottom quark. It decays almost 100% of the time to a W boson and a bottom quark. Using top-antitop pairs at the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider, the CDF and D0 Collaborations have measured the top quark’s mass in different final states for integrated luminosities of up to 5.8 fb-1. This paper reports on a combination of these measurements that results in a more precise value of the mass than any individual decay channel can provide. It describes the treatment of the systematic uncertainties and their correlations. The mass value determined is 173.18 ± 0.56(stat) ± 0.75(syst) GeV or 173.18 ± 0.94 GeV, which has a precision of ±0.54%, making this the most precise determination of the top-quark mass.



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D0 Collaboration

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Combination of the top quark mass measurements from the Tevatron collider. T. Aaltonen et al. [CDF and D0 Collaborations]. Phys. Rev. D 86. 092003 (2012).

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Department of Physics


We thank the Fermilab staff and technical staffs of the participating institutions for their vital contributions and acknowledge support from the DOE and NSF (USA), ARC (Australia), CNPq, FAPERJ, FAPESP, and FUNDUNESP (Brazil), NSERC (Canada), NSC, CAS, and CNSF (China), Colciencias (Colombia), MSMT and GACR (Czech Republic), the Academy of Finland, CEA, and CNRS/IN2P3 (France), BMBF and DFG (Germany), DAE and DST (India), SFI (Ireland), INFN (Italy), MEXT (Japan), the Korean World Class University Program and NRF (Korea), CONACyT (Mexico), FOM (Netherlands), MON, NRC KI, and RFBR (Russia), the Slovak R&D Agency, the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacio´n, and Programa Consolider-Ingenio 2010 (Spain), The Swedish Research Council (Sweden), SNSF (Switzerland), STFC and the Royal Society (United Kingdom), and the A. P. Sloan Foundation (USA).






American Physical Society



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