A precise measurement of the Z-boson double-differential transverse momentum and rapidity distributions in the full phase space of the decay leptons with the ATLAS experiment at s=8 TeV

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This paper presents for the first time a precise measurement of the production properties of the Z boson in the full phase space of the decay leptons. This is in contrast to the many previous precise unfolded measurements performed in the fiducial phase space of the decay leptons. The measurement is obtained from proton–proton collision data collected by the ATLAS experiment in 2012 at s=8 TeV at the LHC and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 20.2 fb-1. The results, based on a total of 15.3 million Z-boson decays to electron and muon pairs, extend and improve a previous measurement of the full set of angular coefficients describing Z-boson decay. The double-differential cross-section distributions in Z-boson transverse momentum pT and rapidity y are measured in the pole region, defined as 80<mℓℓ<100 GeV, over the range |y|<3.6. The total uncertainty of the normalised cross-section measurements in the peak region of the pT distribution is dominated by statistical uncertainties over the full range and increases as a function of rapidity from 0.5–1.0% for |y|<2.0 to 2-7% at higher rapidities. The results for the rapidity-dependent transverse momentum distributions are compared to state-of-the-art QCD predictions, which combine in the best cases approximate N4LL resummation with N3LO fixed-order perturbative calculations. The differential rapidity distributions integrated over pT are even more precise, with accuracies from 0.2–0.3% for |y|<2.0 to 0.4–0.9% at higher rapidities, and are compared to fixed-order QCD predictions using the most recent parton distribution functions. The agreement between data and predictions is quite good in most cases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number315
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2024


FundersFunder number
Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Australian Research Council
La Caixa Banking Foundation
Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique et Technique
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Narodowe Centrum Nauki
National Science Foundation
Science and Technology Facilities Council
H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Israel Science Foundation
Wallenberg Foundation
Leverhulme Trust
Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation
Javna Agencija za Raziskovalno Dejavnost RS
Generalitat de Catalunya
Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft
Austrian Science Fund
Narodowa Agencja Wymiany Akademickiej
Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Danmarks Grundforskningsfond
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
Göran Gustafssons Stiftelser
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Ministarstvo Prosvete, Nauke i Tehnološkog Razvoja
U.S. Department of Energy
European Cooperation in Science and Technology
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
Institutul de Fizică Atomică
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Nella and Leon Benoziyo Center for Neurological Diseases, Weizmann Institute of Science
GenT Programmes Generalitat Valenciana, Spain
Irish Rugby Football Union
Cantons of Bern and Geneva
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Defence Science Institute
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Compute Canada
Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica
Minerva Foundation
European Research Council
National Research Foundation
Royal Society of South Australia
European Regional Development Fund
Ministerstvo Školství, Mládeže a Tělovýchovy
National Research Council Canada
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation
Horizon 2020
British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Cooperative Research Centres, Australian Government Department of Industry21/SCI/017
Cooperative Research Centres, Australian Government Department of Industry
Norwegian Financial Mechanism2014-2021


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