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Title: Measurement of the Top Quark Mass with In Situ Jet Energy Scale Calibration Using Hadronic W Boson Decays at CDF-II


We report a measurement of the top quark mass with the upgraded collider detector at Fermilab (CDF-II). The top quarks are produced in pairs (tt) in proton-antiproton collisions with a center-of-mass energy of 1.96 TeV.

  1. Univ. of Toronto, ON (Canada)
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Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
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arXiv eprint number arXiv:0704.2606; TRN: US0700916
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United States

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Arguin, Jean-Francois. Measurement of the Top Quark Mass with In Situ Jet Energy Scale Calibration Using Hadronic W Boson Decays at CDF-II. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.2172/878924.
Arguin, Jean-Francois. Measurement of the Top Quark Mass with In Situ Jet Energy Scale Calibration Using Hadronic W Boson Decays at CDF-II. United States. doi:10.2172/878924.
Arguin, Jean-Francois. Sun . "Measurement of the Top Quark Mass with In Situ Jet Energy Scale Calibration Using Hadronic W Boson Decays at CDF-II". United States. doi:10.2172/878924.
title = {Measurement of the Top Quark Mass with In Situ Jet Energy Scale Calibration Using Hadronic W Boson Decays at CDF-II},
author = {Arguin, Jean-Francois},
abstractNote = {We report a measurement of the top quark mass with the upgraded collider detector at Fermilab (CDF-II). The top quarks are produced in pairs (tt) in proton-antiproton collisions with a center-of-mass energy of 1.96 TeV.},
doi = {10.2172/878924},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2006}

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