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Measurement of the cross section for electroweak production of $Zγ$ in association with two jets and constraints on anomalous quartic gauge couplings in proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 8$ TeV


CMS Collaboration; Canelli, Florencia; Kilminster, Benjamin; Aarestad, Thea; Caminada, Lea; De Cosa, Annapaoloa; Del Burgo, Riccardo; Donato, Silvio; Galloni, Camilla; Hinzmann, Andreas; Hreus, Tomas; Ngadiuba, Jennifer; Pinna, Deborah; Rauco, Giorgia; Robmann, Peter; Salerno, Daniel; Schweiger, Korbinian; Seitz, Claudia; Takahashi, Yuta; Zucchetta, Alberto; et al (2017). Measurement of the cross section for electroweak production of $Zγ$ in association with two jets and constraints on anomalous quartic gauge couplings in proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 8$ TeV. Physics Letters B, B770:380-402.

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A measurement is presented of the cross section for the electroweak production of a Z boson and a photon in association with two jets in proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 8$ TeV. The Z bosons are identified through their decays to electron or muon pairs. The measurement is based on data collected with the CMS detector corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 $fb^{−1}$. The electroweak contribution has a significance of 3.0 standard deviations, and the measured fiducial cross section is $1.86^{+0.90}_{−0.75}(stat)^{+0.34}_{−0.26}(syst)±0.05(lumi)$ fb, while the summed electroweak and quantum chromodynamic total cross section in the same region is observed to be $5.94^{+1.53}_{−1.35}(stat)^{+0.43}_{−0.37}(syst)±0.13(lumi)$ fb. Both measurements are consistent with the leading-order standard model predictions. Limits on anomalous quartic gauge couplings are set based on the $Zγ$ mass distribution.

Abstract

A measurement is presented of the cross section for the electroweak production of a Z boson and a photon in association with two jets in proton–proton collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 8$ TeV. The Z bosons are identified through their decays to electron or muon pairs. The measurement is based on data collected with the CMS detector corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 $fb^{−1}$. The electroweak contribution has a significance of 3.0 standard deviations, and the measured fiducial cross section is $1.86^{+0.90}_{−0.75}(stat)^{+0.34}_{−0.26}(syst)±0.05(lumi)$ fb, while the summed electroweak and quantum chromodynamic total cross section in the same region is observed to be $5.94^{+1.53}_{−1.35}(stat)^{+0.43}_{−0.37}(syst)±0.13(lumi)$ fb. Both measurements are consistent with the leading-order standard model predictions. Limits on anomalous quartic gauge couplings are set based on the $Zγ$ mass distribution.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:11 Dec 2017 12:56
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 08:51
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0370-2693
OA Status:Gold
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2017.04.071

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