Search for Flavor-Changing Neutral Currents in Top-Quark Decays t → Zq in pp Collisions at √s=8 TeV
A search for flavor-changing neutral currents in top-quark decays t→Zq is performed in events produced from the decay chain tt¯→Zq+Wb, where both vector bosons decay leptonically, producing a final state with three leptons (electrons or muons). A data set collected with the CMS detector at the LHC is used, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb−1 of proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. No excess is seen in the observed number of events relative to the standard model prediction; thus, no evidence for flavor-changing neutral currents in top-quark decays is found. A combination with a previous search at 7 TeV excludes a t→Zq branching fraction greater than 0.05% at the 95% confidence level.