Measurement of the W→eν and Z/γ * →e + e - production cross sections at mid-rapidity in proton-proton collisions at √s=500GeV

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We report measurements of the charge-separated W +( -)→e +( -) +ν e(ν ̄e) and Z/γ *→e +e - production cross sections at mid-rapidity in proton-proton collisions at √s=500GeV. These results are based on 13.2pb -1 of data recorded in 2009 by the STAR detector at RHIC. Production cross sections for W bosons that decay via the eν channel were measured to be σ(pp→W +X)•BR(W +→e +ν e)=117.3±5.9(stat)±6.2(syst)±15.2(lumi)pb, and σ(pp→W -X)•BR(W -→e -ν ̄e)=43.3±4.6(stat)±3.4(syst) ±5.6(lumi)pb. For Z/γ * production, σ(pp→Z/γ *X)•BR(Z/γ *→e +e -)=7.7±2.1(stat)-0.9+0. 5(syst)±1.0(lumi)pb was measured for di-lepton invariant masses me +e - between 70 and 110GeV/c2. First measurements of the W cross section ratio, σ(pp→W +X)/σ(pp→W -X), at √s=500GeV are also reported. Theoretical predictions, calculated using recent parton distribution functions, are found to agree with the measured cross sections. © 2012 American Physical Society.

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  • Adamczyk, L; Agakishiev, G; Aggarwal, MM; Ahammed, Z; Alakhverdyants, AV; Alekseev, I; Alford, J; Anderson, BD; Anson, CD; Arkhipkin, D; Aschenauer, E; Averichev, GS; Balewski, J; Banerjee, A; Barnovska, Z; Beavis, DR; Bellwied, R; Betancourt, MJ; Betts, RR; Bhasin, A; Bhati, AK; Bichsel, H; Bielcik, J; Bielcikova, J; Bland, LC; Bordyuzhin, IG; Borowski, W; Bouchet, J; Brandin, AV; Brovko, SG; Bruna, E; Bueltmann, S; Bunzarov, I; Burton, TP; Butterworth, J; Cai, XZ; Caines, H; Calderón De La Barca Sánchez, M; Cebra, D; Cendejas, R; Cervantes, MC; Chaloupka, P; Chattopadhyay, S; Chen, HF; Chen, JH; Chen, JY; Chen, L; Cheng, J; Cherney, M; Chikanian, A; Christie, W; Chung, P; Chwastowski, J; Codrington, MJM; Corliss, R; Cramer, JG; Crawford, HJ; Cui, X; Davila Leyva, A; De Silva, LC; Debbe, RR; Dedovich, TG; Deng, J; Derradi De Souza, R; Dhamija, S; Didenko, L; Ding, F; Dion, A; Djawotho, P; Dong, X; Drachenberg, JL; Draper, JE; Du, CM; Dunkelberger, LE; Dunlop, JC; Efimov, LG; Elnimr, M; Engelage, J; Eppley, G; Eun, L; Evdokimov, O; Fatemi, R; Fazio, S; Fedorisin, J; Fersch, RG; Filip, P; Finch, E; Fisyak, Y; Gagliardi, CA; Gangadharan, DR; Geurts, F; Gliske, S; Gorbunov, YN; Grebenyuk, OG; Grosnick, D; Gupta, S; Guryn, W; Haag, B; Hajkova, O; Hamed, A

Published Date

  • May 16, 2012

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Volume / Issue

  • 85 / 9

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-2368

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1550-7998

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevD.85.092010

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  • Scopus