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Configuration and performance of the ATLAS $b$-jet triggers in Run 2


ATLAS Collaboration, 
Max Planck Institute for Physics, Max Planck Society and Cooperation Partners;

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ATLAS Collaboration (2021). Configuration and performance of the ATLAS $b$-jet triggers in Run 2. European Physical Journal C, 81, 1087. Retrieved from https://publications.mppmu.mpg.de/?action=search&mpi=MPP-2021-82.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-1BCE-1
Several improvements to the ATLAS triggers used to identify jets containing $b$-hadrons ($b$-jets) were implemented for data-taking during Run 2 of the Large Hadron Collider from 2016 to 2018. These changes include reconfiguring the $b$-jet trigger software to improve primary-vertex finding and allow more stable running in conditions with high pile-up, and the implementation of the functionality needed to run sophisticated taggers used by the offline reconstruction in an online environment. These improvements yielded an order of magnitude better light-flavour jet rejection for the same $b$-jet identification efficiency compared to the performance in Run 1 (2011-2012). The efficiency to identify $b$-jets in the trigger, and the conditional efficiency for $b$-jets that satisfy offline $b$-tagging requirements to pass the trigger are also measured. Correction factors are derived to calibrate the $b$-tagging efficiency in simulation to match that observed in data. The associated systematic uncertainties are substantially smaller than in previous measurements. In addition, $b$-jet triggers were operated for the first time during heavy-ion data-taking, using dedicated triggers that were developed to identify semileptonic $b$-hadron decays by selecting events with geometrically overlapping muons and jets.