A study of W+W-gamma events at LEP

Abbiendi, G and Ainsley, C and Akesson, P F and Alexander, G and Allison, J and Amaral, P and Anagnostou, G and Anderson, K J and Arcelli, S and Asai, S and Axen, D and Azuelos, G and Bailey, I and Barberio, E and Barlow, R J and Batley, R J and Bechtle, P and Behnke, T and Bell, K W and Bell, P J and Bella, G and Bellerive, A and Benelli, G and Bethke, S and Biebel, O and Boeriu, O and Bock, P and Boutemeur, M and Braibant, S and Brigliadori, L and Brown, R M and Buesser, K and Burckhart, H J and Campana, S and Carnegie, R K and Caron, B and Carter, A A and Carter, J R and Chang, C Y and Charlton, D G and Csilling, A and Cuffiani, M and Dado, S and De Roeck, A and De Wolf, E A and Desch, K and Dienes, B and Donkers, M and Dubbert, J and Kormos, L and OPAL Collaboration (2004) A study of W+W-gamma events at LEP. Physics Letters B, 580 (1-2). pp. 17-36. ISSN 0370-2693

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A study of W+W- events accompanied by hard photon radiation, Egamma > 2.5 GeV, produced in e(+)e(-) collisions at LEP is presented. Events consistent with being two on-shell W-bosons and an isolated photon are selected from 681 pb(-1) of data recorded at 180 GeV < roots < 209 GeV. From the sample of 187 selected W(+)W(-)gamma candidates with photon energies greater than 2.5 GeV, the W(+)W(-)gamma cross-section is determined at five values of roots. The results are consistent with the Standard Model expectation. Averaging over all energies, the ratio of the observed cross-section to the Standard Model expectation is R(data/SM) = 0.99 +/- 0.09 +/- 0.04, where the errors represent the statistical and systematic uncertainties respectively. These data provide constraints on the related O(alpha) systematic uncertainties on the measurement of the W-boson mass at LEP. Finally, the data are used to derive 95% confidence level upper limits on possible anomalous contributions to the W(+)W(-)gammagamma and W(+)W(-)Z(0)y vertices: -0.020 GeV-2 < a(0)/Lambda(2) < 0.020 GeV-2, -0.053 GeV-2 < a(c)/Lambda(2) < 0.037 GeV-2, -0.16 GeV-2 < a(n)/Lambda(2) < 0.15 GeV-2, where Lambda represents the energy scale for new physics and a(0), a(c) and a(n) are dimensionless coupling constants. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Physics Letters B
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