Measurement of the weak mixing angle with the Drell-Yan process in proton-proton collisions at the LHC
Author(s)Alver, Burak Han; Bauer, Gerry P.; Bendavid, Joshua L.; Busza, Wit; Butz, Erik M.; Cali, Ivan Amos; Chan, M.; Dutta, Valentina; Everaerts, Pieter Bruno Bart; Gomez-Ceballos, Guillelmo; Goncharov, Maxim; Hahn, Kristian Allan; Harris, P.; Kim, Y.; Klute, Markus; Lee, Y. J.; Li, W.; Loizides, Constantin; Luckey, P. David, Jr.; Ma, Teng; Nahn, Steven; Paus, Christoph M. E.; Ralph, Duncan Kelley; Roland, Christof E.; Roland, Gunther M.; Rudolph, M.; Stephans, George S. F.; Stockli, F.; Sumorok, Konstanty C.; Sung, Kevin Kai Hong; Wenger, Edward Allen; Wolf, R.; Xie, Si; Yang, M.; Yilmaz, Yetkin; Yoon, A. S.; Zanetti, Marco; Velicanu, Dragos Alexandru; Wyslouch, Boleslaw; ... Show more Show less
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A multivariate likelihood method to measure electroweak couplings with the Drell–Yan process at the LHC is presented. The process is described by the dilepton rapidity, invariant mass, and decay angle distributions. The decay angle ambiguity due to the unknown assignment of the scattered constituent quark and antiquark to the two protons in a collision is resolved statistically using correlations between the observables. The method is applied to a sample of dimuon events from proton-proton collisions at √s=7 TeV collected by the CMS experiment at the LHC, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.1 fb[superscript -1]. From the dominant uu̅ , dd̅ -->γ[superscript *]/Z-->μ-μ+ process, the effective weak mixing angle parameter is measured to be sin[superscript 2]theta[subscript eff]=0.2287±0.0020(stat.)±0.0025 (syst.). This result is consistent with measurements from other processes, as expected within the standard model.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Laboratory for Nuclear Science
Physical Review D
American Physical Society
Chatrchyan, S. et al. (CMS Collaboration). “Measurement of the Weak Mixing Angle with the Drell-Yan Process in Proton-proton Collisions at the LHC.” Physical Review D 84.11 (2011): [23 pages].
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