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Measurement of the WW and WZ production cross section in the semi-leptonic final state using sqrt(s)=7 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector

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dc.contributor.advisor Tsybychev, Dmitri en_US
dc.contributor.author Puldon, David en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Physics en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:51:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:51:04Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76723 en_US
dc.description 242 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract Presented is a measurement of the WW+WZ production cross section in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV using data produced by the Large Hadron Collider and recorded with the ATLAS detector in 2011. The measurement tests understanding of the electroweak sector of the Standard Model at high energies and is potentially sensitive to new physics models that go beyond the Standard Model. The production cross section is measured in the WW/WZ semi-leptonic decay channel where one W boson decays into a lepton (either an electron or muon) and a neutrino, and the other W or Z boson decays hadronically into two quarks. The semi-leptonic final state is challenging due to a substantial background contribution coming from W boson production in association with jets. The measurement is therefore performed in a fiducial phase space that enhances the signal-to-background ratio and provides an adequate separation between the shape templates of the backgrounds including their systematics and of those expected by the WW/WZ signal. The signal contribution is extracted from the data within this fiducial phase space by fitting the electron and muon channel contributions simultaneously using a maximum-likelihood fit to the invariant mass distributions of the two jets that form the hadronically decaying W or Z candidate. The dataset used corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 4.7 &plusmn; 0.2 fb<super>-1</super>. The total WW+WZ cross section is measured to be 68 &plusmn; 7 (statistical) &plusmn; 18 (systematic) pb with a Gaussian significance of 3.5 standard deviations, consistent with the Standard Model prediction of 61.1 &plusmn; 2.5 pb. In addition, limits are set on anomalous contributions to triple gauge couplings using the transverse momentum distribution of the dijet system from the hadronically decaying W or Z candidate. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Physics en_US
dc.subject.other anomalous couplings, ATLAS, cross section, semi-leptonic, WW, WZ en_US
dc.title Measurement of the WW and WZ production cross section in the semi-leptonic final state using sqrt(s)=7 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Sterman, George en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Zingale, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Pleier, Marc-Andre en_US

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