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Measurement of the $Z / \gamma^* \to \tau\tau$ cross section in pp collisions at $\sqrt s$ = 13 TeV and validation of \tau lepton analysis techniques


CMS Collaboration,; Canelli, Florencia; Kilminster, Benjamin; Aarestad, Thea; Brzhechko, Danyyl; Caminada, Lea; De Cosa, Annapaoloa; Del Burgo, Riccardo; Donato, Silvio; Galloni, Camilla; Hreus, Tomas; Leontsinis, Stefanos; Mikuni, Vinicius Massami; Neutelings, Izaak; Rauco, Giorgia; Robmann, Peter; Salerno, Daniel; Schweiger, Korbinian; Seitz, Claudia; Takahashi, Yuta; Wertz, Sebastien; Zucchetta, Alberto; et al, (2018). Measurement of the $Z / \gamma^* \to \tau\tau$ cross section in pp collisions at $\sqrt s$ = 13 TeV and validation of \tau lepton analysis techniques. European Physical Journal C - Particles and Fields, C78(9):708.

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A measurement is presented of the $\mathrm {Z}/\gamma ^{*} \rightarrow \tau \tau$ cross section in $pp$ collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 13\hbox { TeV}$, using data recorded by the CMS experiment at the LHC, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of $2.3 fb^{−1}$. The product of the inclusive cross section and branching fraction is measured to be $\sigma (\text {pp} \rightarrow \mathrm {Z}/\gamma ^{*}\text {+X}) \, \mathcal {B}(\mathrm {Z}/\gamma ^{*} \rightarrow \tau \tau ) = 1848 \pm 12\,(\text {stat}) \pm 67\text { (syst \,+\,lumi)}\text { pb}$ , in agreement with the standard model expectation, computed at next-to-next-to-leading order accuracy in perturbative quantum chromodynamics. The measurement is used to validate new analysis techniques relevant for future measurements of $τ$ lepton production. The measurement also provides the reconstruction efficiency and energy scale for $τ$ decays to hadrons $+ν_τ$ final states, determined with respective relative uncertainties of 2.2 and 0.9%.

Abstract

A measurement is presented of the $\mathrm {Z}/\gamma ^{*} \rightarrow \tau \tau$ cross section in $pp$ collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 13\hbox { TeV}$, using data recorded by the CMS experiment at the LHC, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of $2.3 fb^{−1}$. The product of the inclusive cross section and branching fraction is measured to be $\sigma (\text {pp} \rightarrow \mathrm {Z}/\gamma ^{*}\text {+X}) \, \mathcal {B}(\mathrm {Z}/\gamma ^{*} \rightarrow \tau \tau ) = 1848 \pm 12\,(\text {stat}) \pm 67\text { (syst \,+\,lumi)}\text { pb}$ , in agreement with the standard model expectation, computed at next-to-next-to-leading order accuracy in perturbative quantum chromodynamics. The measurement is used to validate new analysis techniques relevant for future measurements of $τ$ lepton production. The measurement also provides the reconstruction efficiency and energy scale for $τ$ decays to hadrons $+ν_τ$ final states, determined with respective relative uncertainties of 2.2 and 0.9%.

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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:2018
Deposited On:26 Feb 2019 16:11
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:59
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1434-6044
OA Status:Gold
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-6146-9

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