Measurement of the W±Z boson pair-production cross section in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV source with the ATLAS detector

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The production of W±Z events in proton–proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV is measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The collected data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 3.2 fb−1. The W±Z candidates are reconstructed using leptonic decays of the gauge bosons into electrons or muons. The measured inclusive cross section in the detector fiducial region for leptonic decay modes is σfid. w±z→ l'vll=63.2 ± 3.2 (stat.) ± 2.6 (stat.) 1.5 (lumi.) fb. In comparison, the next-to-leading-order Standard Model prediction is 53.4 ± 3.6 2.8 fb. The extrapolation of the measurement from the fiducial to the total phase space yields σtot w± z = 50.6 ± 2.6 (stat.) ± 2.0 (sys.) ± 0.9 (th.) ± 1.2 (lumi) pn, in agreement with a recent next-to-next-to-leading-order calculation of 48.2 ± 1.1 1.0 pb. The cross section as a function of jet multiplicity is also measured, together with the charge-dependent W+Z and W−Z cross sections and their ratio.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalPhysics Letters B
Early online date6 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2016

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