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  1. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2018 Dec 14;121(24):241802.
    PMID: 30608761 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.241802
    Three of the most significant measured deviations from standard model predictions, the enhanced decay rate for B→D^{(*)}τν, hints of lepton universality violation in B→K^{(*)}ℓℓ decays, and the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon, can be explained by the existence of leptoquarks (LQs) with large couplings to third-generation quarks and masses at the TeV scale. The existence of these states can be probed at the LHC in high energy proton-proton collisions. A novel search is presented for pair production of LQs coupled to a top quark and a muon using data at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9  fb^{-1}, recorded by the CMS experiment. No deviation from the standard model prediction has been observed and scalar LQs decaying exclusively into tμ are excluded up to masses of 1420 GeV. The results of this search are combined with those from previous searches for LQ decays into tτ and bν, which excluded scalar LQs below masses of 900 and 1080 GeV. Vector LQs are excluded up to masses of 1190 GeV for all possible combinations of branching fractions to tμ, tτ and bν. With this analysis, all relevant couplings of LQs with an electric charge of -1/3 to third-generation quarks are probed for the first time.
  2. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2018 Dec 14;121(24):242301.
    PMID: 30608764 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.242301
    Measurements of fragmentation functions for jets associated with an isolated photon are presented for the first time in pp and Pb-Pb collisions. The analysis uses data collected with the CMS detector at the CERN LHC at a nucleon-nucleon center-of-mass energy of 5.02 TeV. Fragmentation functions are obtained for jets with p_{T}^{jet}>30  GeV/c in events containing an isolated photon with p_{T}^{γ}>60  GeV/c, using charged tracks with transverse momentum p_{T}^{trk}>1  GeV/c in a cone around the jet axis. The association with an isolated photon constrains the initial p_{T} and azimuthal angle of the parton whose shower produced the jet. For central Pb-Pb collisions, modifications of the jet fragmentation functions are observed when compared to those measured in pp collisions, while no significant differences are found in the 50% most peripheral collisions. Jets in central Pb-Pb events show an excess (depletion) of low (high) p_{T} particles, with a transition around 3  GeV/c. This measurement shows for the first time the in-medium shower modifications of partons (quark dominated) with well-defined initial kinematics. It constitutes a new well-controlled reference for testing theoretical models of the parton passage through the quark-gluon plasma.
  3. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2018 Nov 30;121(22):221802.
    PMID: 30547617 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.221802
    The first evidence of events consistent with the production of a single top quark in association with a photon is reported. The analysis is based on proton-proton collisions at sqrt[s]=13  TeV and recorded by the CMS experiment in 2016, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9  fb^{-1}. Events are selected by requiring the presence of a muon (μ), a photon (γ), an imbalance in transverse momentum from an undetected neutrino (ν), and at least two jets (j) of which exactly one is identified as associated with the hadronization of a b quark. A multivariate discriminant based on topological and kinematic event properties is employed to separate signal from background processes. An excess above the background-only hypothesis is observed, with a significance of 4.4 standard deviations. A fiducial cross section is measured for isolated photons with transverse momentum greater than 25 GeV in the central region of the detector. The measured product of the cross section and branching fraction is σ(pp→tγj)B(t→μνb)=115±17(stat)±30(syst)  fb, which is consistent with the standard model prediction.
  4. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2019 Jan 18;122(2):021801.
    PMID: 30720313 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.021801
    A search for the Higgs boson decaying to two oppositely charged muons is presented using data recorded by the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC in 2016 at a center-of-mass energy sqrt[s]=13  TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9  fb^{-1}. Data are found to be compatible with the predicted background. For a Higgs boson with a mass of 125.09 GeV, the 95% confidence level observed (background-only expected) upper limit on the production cross section times the branching fraction to a pair of muons is found to be 3.0 (2.5) times the standard model expectation. In combination with data recorded at center-of-mass energies sqrt[s]=7 and 8 TeV, the background-only expected upper limit improves to 2.2 times the standard model value with a standard model expected significance of 1.0 standard deviation. The corresponding observed upper limit is 2.9 with an observed significance of 0.9 standard deviation. This corresponds to an observed upper limit on the standard model Higgs boson branching fraction to muons of 6.4×10^{-4} and to an observed signal strength of 1.0±1.0(stat)±0.1(syst).
  5. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2019;79(2):90.
    PMID: 30814908 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-019-6556-3
    A search is presented for the single production of vector-like quarks in proton-proton collisions at


    s

    =
    13

    TeV

    . The data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9



    fb

    -
    1



    , were recorded with the CMS experiment at the LHC. The analysis focuses on the vector-like quark decay into a top quark and a
    W
    boson, with one muon or electron in the final state. The mass of the vector-like quark candidate is reconstructed from hadronic jets, the lepton, and the missing transverse momentum. Methods for the identification of
    b
    quarks and of highly Lorentz boosted hadronically decaying top quarks and
    W
    bosons are exploited in this search. No significant deviation from the standard model background expectation is observed. Exclusion limits at 95% confidence level are set on the product of the production cross section and branching fraction as a function of the vector-like quark mass, which range from 0.3 to 0.03


    pb

    for vector-like quark masses of 700 to 2000


    GeV

    . Mass exclusion limits up to 1660


    GeV

    are obtained, depending on the vector-like quark type, coupling, and decay width. These represent the most stringent exclusion limits for the single production of vector-like quarks in this channel.
  6. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2019;79(2):123.
    PMID: 30863200 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-019-6620-z
    Measurements of normalized differential cross sections as functions of the multiplicity and kinematic variables of charged-particle tracks from the underlying event in top quark and antiquark pair production are presented. The measurements are performed in proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 13



    Te



    , and are based on data collected by the CMS experiment at the LHC in 2016 corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9



    fb

    -
    1



    . Events containing one electron, one muon, and two jets from the hadronization and fragmentation of
    b
    quarks are used. These measurements characterize, for the first time, properties of the underlying event in top quark pair production and show no deviation from the universality hypothesis at energy scales typically above twice the top quark mass.
  7. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2018;78(9):707.
    PMID: 30839784 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-6143-z
    A search for pair production of heavy scalar leptoquarks (LQs), each decaying into a top quark and a
    τ
    lepton, is presented. The search considers final states with an electron or a muon, one or two
    τ
    leptons that decayed to hadrons, and additional jets. The data were collected in 2016 in proton-proton collisions at


    s

    =
    13


    Te



    with the CMS detector at the LHC, and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 35.9



    fb

    -
    1



    . No evidence for pair production of LQs is found. Assuming a branching fraction of unity for the decay

    LQ

    t
    τ

    , upper limits on the production cross section are set as a function of LQ mass, excluding masses below 900



    Ge



    at 95% confidence level. These results provide the most stringent limits to date on the production of scalar LQs that decay to a top quark and a
    τ
    lepton.
  8. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2018;78(9):697.
    PMID: 30839770 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-6144-y
    Pseudorapidity, transverse momentum, and multiplicity distributions are measured in the pseudorapidity range

    |
    η
    |
    <
    2.4

    for charged particles with transverse momenta satisfying


    p
    T

    >
    0.5

    GeV

    in proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of


    s

    =
    13

    TeV

    . Measurements are presented in three different event categories. The most inclusive of the categories corresponds to an inelastic
    p

    p
    data set, while the other two categories are exclusive subsets of the inelastic sample that are either enhanced or depleted in single diffractive dissociation events. The measurements are compared to predictions from Monte Carlo event generators used to describe high-energy hadronic interactions in collider and cosmic-ray physics.
  9. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2018;78(9):701.
    PMID: 30839773 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-6148-7
    A measurement is presented of the effective leptonic weak mixing angle (


    sin
    2


    θ
    eff



    ) using the forward-backward asymmetry of Drell-Yan lepton pairs (

    μ
    μ

    and
    e

    e
    ) produced in proton-proton collisions at


    s

    =
    8

    TeV

    at the CMS experiment of the LHC. The data correspond to integrated luminosities of 18.8 and

    19.6



    fb

    -
    1




    in the dimuon and dielectron channels, respectively, containing 8.2 million dimuon and 4.9 million dielectron events. With more events and new analysis techniques, including constraints obtained on the parton distribution functions from the measured forward-backward asymmetry, the statistical and systematic uncertainties are significantly reduced relative to previous CMS measurements. The extracted value of


    sin
    2


    θ
    eff



    from the combined dilepton data is


    sin
    2


    θ
    eff


    =
    0.23101
    ±
    0.00036

    (stat)
    ±
    0.00018

    (syst)
    ±
    0.00016

    (theo)
    ±
    0.00031

    (parton distributions in proton)
    =
    0.23101
    ±
    0.00053

    .
  10. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2019;79(3):280.
    PMID: 31007587 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-019-6730-7
    A search for dark matter produced in association with a Higgs boson decaying to a pair of bottom quarks is performed in proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 13



    Te



    collected with the CMS detector at the LHC. The analyzed data sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 35.9



    fb

    -
    1



    . The signal is characterized by a large missing transverse momentum recoiling against a bottom quark-antiquark system that has a large Lorentz boost. The number of events observed in the data is consistent with the standard model background prediction. Results are interpreted in terms of limits both on parameters of the type-2 two-Higgs doublet model extended by an additional light pseudoscalar boson
    a
    (2HDM+
    a
    ) and on parameters of a baryonic


    Z

    '

    simplified model. The 2HDM+
    a
    model is tested experimentally for the first time. For the baryonic


    Z

    '

    model, the presented results constitute the most stringent constraints to date.
  11. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2019;79(4):305.
    PMID: 31007588 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-019-6800-x
    A search is presented for resonant production of second-generation sleptons (


    μ
    ~

    L

    ,


    ν
    ~

    μ

    ) via the R-parity-violating coupling

    λ
    211
    '

    to quarks, in events with two same-sign muons and at least two jets in the final state. The smuon (muon sneutrino) is expected to decay into a muon and a neutralino (chargino), which will then decay into a second muon and at least two jets. The analysis is based on the 2016 data set of proton-proton collisions at


    s

    =
    13

    TeV

    recorded with the CMS detector at the LHC, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9



    fb

    -
    1



    . No significant deviation is observed with respect to standard model expectations. Upper limits on cross sections, ranging from 0.24 to 730


    fb

    , are derived in the context of two simplified models representing the dominant signal contributions leading to a same-sign muon pair. The cross section limits are translated into coupling limits for a modified constrained minimal supersymmetric model with

    λ
    211
    '

    as the only nonzero R-parity violating coupling. The results significantly extend restrictions of the parameter space compared with previous searches for similar models.
  12. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2019 Jan 11;122(1):011803.
    PMID: 31012697 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.011803
    A search is performed for dark matter particles produced in association with a top quark pair in proton-proton collisions at sqrt[s]=13  TeV. The data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 35.9  fb^{-1} recorded by the CMS detector at the LHC. No significant excess over the standard model expectation is observed. The results are interpreted using simplified models of dark matter production via spin-0 mediators that couple to dark matter particles and to standard model quarks, providing constraints on the coupling strength between the mediator and the quarks. These are the most stringent collider limits to date for scalar mediators, and the most stringent for pseudoscalar mediators at low masses.
  13. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Bergauer T, Brandstetter J, et al.
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2019 Apr 05;122(13):132001.
    PMID: 31012626 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.132001
    Signals consistent with the B_{c}^{+}(2S) and B_{c}^{*+}(2S) states are observed in proton-proton collisions at sqrt[s]=13  TeV, in an event sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 143  fb^{-1}, collected by the CMS experiment during the 2015-2018 LHC running periods. These excited b[over ¯]c states are observed in the B_{c}^{+}π^{+}π^{-} invariant mass spectrum, with the ground state B_{c}^{+} reconstructed through its decay to J/ψπ^{+}. The two states are reconstructed as two well-resolved peaks, separated in mass by 29.1±1.5(stat)±0.7(syst)  MeV. The observation of two peaks, rather than one, is established with a significance exceeding five standard deviations. The mass of the B_{c}^{+}(2S) meson is measured to be 6871.0±1.2(stat)±0.8(syst)±0.8(B_{c}^{+})  MeV, where the last term corresponds to the uncertainty in the world-average B_{c}^{+} mass.
  14. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2019 Apr 05;122(13):132003.
    PMID: 31012605 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.132003
    The observation of single top quark production in association with a Z boson and a quark (tZq) is reported. Events from proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV containing three charged leptons (either electrons or muons) and at least two jets are analyzed. The data were collected with the CMS detector in 2016 and 2017 and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 77.4fb^{-1}. The increased integrated luminosity, a multivariate lepton identification, and a redesigned analysis strategy improve significantly the sensitivity of the analysis compared to previous searches for tZq production. The tZq signal is observed with a significance well over 5 standard deviations. The measured tZq production cross section is σ(pp→tZq→tℓ^{+}ℓ^{-}q)=111±13(stat)_{-9}^{+11}(syst)  fb, for dilepton invariant masses above 30 GeV, in agreement with the standard model expectation.
  15. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2018;78(4):291.
    PMID: 31007582 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-5740-1
    A search for new physics in events with a Z boson produced in association with large missing transverse momentum at the LHC is presented. The search is based on the 2016 data sample of proton-proton collisions recorded with the CMS experiment at


    s

    =
    13

    TeV

    , corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9



    fb

    -
    1



    . The results of this search are interpreted in terms of a simplified model of dark matter production via spin-0 or spin-1 mediators, a scenario with a standard-model-like Higgs boson produced in association with the Z boson and decaying invisibly, a model of unparticle production, and a model with large extra spatial dimensions. No significant deviations from the background expectations are found, and limits are set on relevant model parameters, significantly extending the results previously achieved in this channel.
  16. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2018;78(4):287.
    PMID: 31007580 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-5752-x
    A study of the associated production of a
    Z
    boson and a charm quark jet (

    Z
    +
    c

    ), and a comparison to production with a
    b
    quark jet (

    Z
    +
    b

    ), in

    p
    p

    collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 8


    TeV

    are presented. The analysis uses a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7



    fb

    -
    1



    , collected with the CMS detector at the CERN LHC. The
    Z
    boson candidates are identified through their decays into pairs of electrons or muons. Jets originating from heavy flavour quarks are identified using semileptonic decays of
    c
    or
    b
    flavoured hadrons and hadronic decays of charm hadrons. The measurements are performed in the kinematic region with two leptons with


    p

    T



    >
    20

    GeV

    ,



    |


    η



    |


    <
    2.1

    ,

    71
    <

    m





    <
    111

    GeV

    , and heavy flavour jets with


    p

    T

    jet

    >
    25

    GeV

    and



    |


    η
    jet


    |


    <
    2.5

    . The

    Z
    +
    c

    production cross section is measured to be

    σ

    (
    p
    p

    Z
    +
    c
    +
    X
    )

    B

    (
    Z



    +



    -

    )

    =
    8.8
    ±
    0.5

    (stat)
    ±
    0.6

    (syst)

    pb

    . The ratio of the

    Z
    +
    c

    and

    Z
    +
    b

    production cross sections is measured to be

    σ
    (
    p
    p

    Z
    +
    c
    +
    X
    )
    /
    σ
    (
    p
    p

    Z
    +
    b
    +
    X
    )
    =
    2.0
    ±
    0.2

    (stat)
    ±
    0.2

    (syst)

    . The

    Z
    +
    c

    production cross section and the cross section ratio are also measured as a function of the transverse momentum of the
    Z
    boson and of the heavy flavour jet. The measurements are compared with theoretical predictions.
  17. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2019;79(2):94.
    PMID: 30872972 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-019-6562-5
    A search is presented for decays of
    Z
    and Higgs bosons to a

    J
    /
    ψ

    meson and a photon, with the subsequent decay of the

    J
    /
    ψ

    to


    μ
    +


    μ
    -


    . The analysis uses data from proton-proton collisions with an integrated luminosity of 35.9



    fb

    -
    1



    at


    s

    =
    13

    TeV

    collected with the CMS detector at the LHC. The observed limit on the

    Z


    J
    /
    ψ

    γ

    decay branching fraction, assuming that the

    J
    /
    ψ

    meson is produced unpolarized, is

    1.4
    ×

    10

    -
    6



    at 95% confidence level, which corresponds to a rate higher than expected in the standard model by a factor of 15. For extreme-polarization scenarios, the observed limit changes from

    -
    13.6

    to

    +
    8.6
    %

    with respect to the unpolarized scenario. The observed upper limit on the branching fraction for

    H


    J
    /
    ψ

    γ

    where the

    J
    /
    ψ

    meson is assumed to be transversely polarized is

    7.6
    ×

    10

    -
    4



    , a factor of 260 larger than the standard model prediction. The results for the Higgs boson are combined with previous data from proton-proton collisions at


    s

    =
    8

    TeV

    to produce an observed upper limit on the branching fraction for

    H


    J
    /
    ψ

    γ

    that is a factor of 220 larger than the standard model value.
  18. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2019;79(1):20.
    PMID: 30872964 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-6482-9
    Measurements of inclusive isolated-photon and photon+jet production in proton-proton collisions at


    s

    =
    13

    TeV

    are presented. The analysis uses data collected by the CMS experiment in 2015, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 2.26



    fb

    -
    1



    . The cross section for inclusive isolated photon production is measured as a function of the photon transverse energy in a fiducial region. The cross section for photon+jet production is measured as a function of the photon transverse energy in the same fiducial region with identical photon requirements and with the highest transverse momentum jet. All measurements are in agreement with predictions from next-to-leading-order perturbative QCD.
  19. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2018;78(9):789.
    PMID: 30956565 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-6242-x
    A search is presented for physics beyond the standard model, based on measurements of dijet angular distributions in proton-proton collisions at


    s

    =
    13
    TeV

    . The data collected with the CMS detector at the LHC correspond to an integrated luminosity of 35.9



    fb

    -
    1



    . The observed distributions, corrected to particle level, are found to be in agreement with predictions from perturbative quantum chromodynamics that include electroweak corrections. Constraints are placed on models containing quark contact interactions, extra spatial dimensions, quantum black holes, or dark matter, using the detector-level distributions. In a benchmark model where only left-handed quarks participate, contact interactions are excluded at the 95% confidence level up to a scale of 12.8 or 17.5TeV, for destructive or constructive interference, respectively. The most stringent lower limits to date are set on the ultraviolet cutoff in the Arkani-Hamed-Dimopoulos-Dvali model of extra dimensions. In the Giudice-Rattazzi-Wells convention, the cutoff scale is excluded up to 10.1TeV. The production of quantum black holes is excluded for masses below 5.9 and 8.2TeV, depending on the model. For the first time, lower limits between 2.0 and 4.6TeVare set on the mass of a dark matter mediator for (axial-)vector mediators, for the universal quark coupling


    g
    q

    =
    1.0

    .
  20. Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Ambrogi F, Asilar E, Bergauer T, et al.
    Eur Phys J C Part Fields, 2019;79(3):269.
    PMID: 30971865 DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-019-6752-1
    Measurements are presented of associated production of a
    W
    boson and a charm quark (

    W
    +
    c

    ) in proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 13



    Te



    . The data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 35.7



    fb

    -
    1



    collected by the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC. The
    W
    bosons are identified by their decay into a muon and a neutrino. The charm quarks are tagged via the full reconstruction of



    D








    (
    2010
    )

    ±


    mesons that decay via




    D








    (
    2010
    )

    ±





    D

    0

    +

    π
    ±




    K



    +

    π
    ±

    +

    π
    ±


    . A cross section is measured in the fiducial region defined by the muon transverse momentum


    p

    T

    μ

    >
    26


    Ge



    , muon pseudorapidity


    |


    η
    μ


    |
    <
    2.4


    , and charm quark transverse momentum


    p

    T

    c

    >
    5


    Ge



    . The inclusive cross section for this kinematic range is

    σ

    (
    W
    +
    c
    )

    =
    1026
    ±
    31

    (stat)





    +
    76







    -
    72






    (syst) pb

    . The cross section is also measured differentially as a function of the pseudorapidity of the muon from the
    W
    boson decay. These measurements are compared with theoretical predictions and are used to probe the strange quark content of the proton.
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