Evidence for WZ Production and a Measurement of the WZ Production Cross Section

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This dissertation describes a test of the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics by measuring the probability, or cross section, of simultaneously producing a W boson and a Z boson from proton-antiproton collisions. The SM predicts the cross section of WZ production to be 3.68 {+-} 0.25 pb. The SM and physics of WZ production are described in Chapter 2 of this dissertation. The 1.96 TeV center-of-mass energy proton-antiproton collisions are provided by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) Tevatron Collider. The W and Z particles are detected using the D0 detector, which is described in Chapter 3. The data ... continued below

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Degenhardt, James D. May 1, 2007.

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This dissertation describes a test of the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics by measuring the probability, or cross section, of simultaneously producing a W boson and a Z boson from proton-antiproton collisions. The SM predicts the cross section of WZ production to be 3.68 {+-} 0.25 pb. The SM and physics of WZ production are described in Chapter 2 of this dissertation. The 1.96 TeV center-of-mass energy proton-antiproton collisions are provided by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) Tevatron Collider. The W and Z particles are detected using the D0 detector, which is described in Chapter 3. The data were collected by the detector during 2002-2006 corresponding to 1 fb{sup -1} of p{bar p} collisions. This data set is described in Chapter 6. The measurement uses the trilepton (e{nu}ee, {mu}{nu}ee, e{nu}{mu}{mu}, and {mu}{nu}{mu}{mu}) decay channels, in which a W decays to a charged lepton plus a neutrino and a Z decays to a pair of charged leptons. The W and Z particle selection criteria, detection efficiency, and background determination are described in Chapter 7. We observe 13 candidate events in 1 fb{sup -1} of p{bar p} collisions. In this data set we expect to see 4.5 {+-} 0.6 background events, and we expect to see 9.2 {+-} 1.0 signal events. The probability of 4.5 {+-} 0.6 background events to fluctuate to 13 or more events is 1.2 x 10{sup -3} which is a 3.0 {sigma} deviation from the background estimate. A log likelihood method is used to determine the most likely cross section as determined by the measured signal efficiencies, the expected backgrounds, and the observed data. Presented in Chapter 8 is a measurement of the cross section for p{bar p} {yields} WZ + X at {radical}s = 1.96 TeV. The WZ diboson production cross section is measured to be {sigma}{sub WZ} = 2.7{sub -1.3}{sup +1.7} pb. This is in agreement with the predicted Standard Model cross section.

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  • Report No.: FERMILAB-THESIS-2007-75
  • Grant Number: AC02-07CH11359
  • DOI: 10.2172/948180 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 948180
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc902191

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Degenhardt, James D. Evidence for WZ Production and a Measurement of the WZ Production Cross Section, thesis or dissertation, May 1, 2007; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc902191/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.