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  1. A Correction to this paper has been published: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-020-08730-0
  2. In the published HTML version of this article, the affiliations of the authors of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Moscow, Russia were unfortunately marked incorrectly.
  3. Abstract A search is presented for new phenomena in events characterised by high jet multiplicity, no leptons (electrons or muons), and four or more jets originating from the fragmentation of b -quarks ( b -jets). The search uses $$139~\hbox {fb}^{-1}$$ 139 fb - 1 of $$\sqrt{s}$$ s = 13 TeV proton–proton collision data collected by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider during Run 2. The dominant Standard Model background originates from multijet production and is estimated using a data-driven technique based on an extrapolation from events with low b -jet multiplicity to the high b -jet multiplicities used in themore »search. No significant excess over the Standard Model expectation is observed and 95% confidence-level limits that constrain simplified models of R-parity-violating supersymmetry are determined. The exclusion limits reach 950 GeV in top-squark mass in the models considered.« less
  4. Abstract This paper reports on a search for heavy resonances decaying into WW , ZZ or WZ using proton–proton collision data at a centre-of-mass energy of $$\sqrt{s}=13$$ s = 13  TeV. The data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 139  $$\mathrm{fb}^{1}$$ fb 1 , were recorded with the ATLAS detector from 2015 to 2018 at the Large Hadron Collider. The search is performed for final states in which one W or Z boson decays leptonically, and the other W boson or Z boson decays hadronically. The data are found to be described well by expected backgrounds. Upper bounds on themore »production cross sections of heavy scalar, vector or tensor resonances are derived in the mass range 300–5000 GeV within the context of Standard Model extensions with warped extra dimensions or including a heavy vector triplet. Production through gluon–gluon fusion, Drell–Yan or vector-boson fusion are considered, depending on the assumed model.« less
  5. Abstract The performance of the ATLAS Inner Detector alignment has been studied using pp collision data at $$\sqrt{s} = 13\,\hbox {TeV}$$ s = 13 TeV collected by the ATLAS experiment during Run 2 (2015–2018) of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The goal of the detector alignment is to determine the detector geometry as accurately as possible and correct for time-dependent movements. The Inner Detector alignment is based on the minimization of track-hit residuals in a sequence of hierarchical levels, from global mechanical assembly structures to local sensors. Subsequent levels have increasing numbers of degrees of freedom; in total there aremore »almost 750,000. The alignment determines detector geometry on both short and long timescales, where short timescales describe movements within an LHC fill. The performance and possible track parameter biases originating from systematic detector deformations are evaluated. Momentum biases are studied using resonances decaying to muons or to electrons. The residual sagitta bias and momentum scale bias after alignment are reduced to less than $$\sim 0.1\hbox { TeV}^{-1}$$ ∼ 0.1 TeV - 1 and $$0.9\times 10^{-3}$$ 0.9 × 10 - 3 , respectively. Impact parameter biases are also evaluated using tracks within jets.« less
  6. Abstract This paper presents a search for direct top squark pair production in events with missing transverse momentum plus either a pair of jets consistent with Standard Model Higgs boson decay into b -quarks or a same-flavour opposite-sign dilepton pair with an invariant mass consistent with a Z boson. The analysis is performed using the proton–proton collision data at $$\sqrt{s}=13$$ s = 13 TeV collected with the ATLAS detector during the LHC Run-2, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 139 fb $$^{-1}$$ - 1 . No excess is observed in the data above the Standard Model predictions. The results are interpretedmore »in simplified models featuring direct production of pairs of either the lighter top squark ( $$\tilde{t}_1$$ t ~ 1 ) or the heavier top squark ( $$\tilde{t}_2$$ t ~ 2 ), excluding at 95% confidence level $$\tilde{t}_1$$ t ~ 1 and $$\tilde{t}_2$$ t ~ 2 masses up to about 1220 and 875 GeV, respectively.« less