Abstract

The inclusive cross section for top-quark pair production measured by the CMS experiment in proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV is compared to the QCD prediction at next-to-next-to-leading order with various parton distribution functions to determine the top-quark pole mass, mtpolem_t^{pole}, or the strong coupling constant, αS\alpha_S. With the parton distribution function set NNPDF2.3, a pole mass of 176.72.8+3.0^{+3.0}_{-2.8} GeV is obtained when constraining αS\alpha_S at the scale of the Z boson mass, mZm_Z, to the current world average. Alternatively, by constraining mtpolem_t^{pole} to the latest average from direct mass measurements, a value of αS(mZ)\alpha_S(m_Z) = 0.11510.0027+0.0028^{+0.0028}_{-0.0027} is extracted. This is the first determination of αS\alpha_S using events from top-quark production

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