Measurement of the transverse momentum and ϕη∗ distributions of Drell–Yan lepton pairs in proton–proton collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

Barton, Adam Edward and Beattie, Michael and Borissov, Guennadi and Bouhova-Thacker, Evelina Vassileva and Dearnaley, William and Fox, Harald and Grimm, Kathryn Ann Tschann and Henderson, Robert Charles William and Hughes, Gareth and Jones, Roger William Lewis and Kartvelishvili, Vakhtang and Long, Robin Eamonn and Love, Peter Allan and Maddocks, Harvey and Skinner, Malcolm and Smizanska, Maria and Walder, James William and Wharton, Andy (2016) Measurement of the transverse momentum and ϕη∗ distributions of Drell–Yan lepton pairs in proton–proton collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector. European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields, 76 (5). ISSN 1434-6044

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Abstract

Distributions of transverse momentum p T and the related angular variable φ∗ η of Drell–Yan lepton pairs are measured in 20.3 fb−1 of proton–proton collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Measurements in electron-pair and muon-pair final states are corrected for detector effects and combined. Compared to previous measurements in proton–proton collisions at √s = 7 TeV, these new measurements benefit from a larger data sample and improved control of systematic uncertainties. Measurements are performed in bins of lepton-pair mass above, around and below the Z-boson mass peak. The data are compared to predictions from perturbative and resummed QCD calculations. For values of φ∗ η < 1 the predictions from the Monte Carlo generator ResBos are generally consistent with the data within the theoretical uncertainties. However, at larger values of φ∗ η this is not the case. Monte Carlo generators based on the parton-shower approach are unable to describe the data over the full range of p T while the fixed-order prediction of Dynnlo falls below the data at high values of p T . ResBos and the parton-shower Monte Carlo generators provide a much better description of the evolution of the φ∗ η and p T distributions as a function of lepton-pair mass and rapidity than the basic shape of the data.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2200/2201
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 80054
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 14 Jun 2016 15:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2019 00:45
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/80054

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