Measurement of neutral current Drell-Yan production at 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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dc.contributor.author Kwan, Tony
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-16T14:24:25Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-16T14:24:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-08-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/8426
dc.description.abstract Neutral current Drell-Yan production in proton-proton collisions at the LHC was studied with the ATLAS detector. The 20.1 inverse femtobarn data set used in this precision measurement was collected in 2012 during which the LHC collided protons at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. The production rate or differential cross-section was measured in three-dimensions: invariant mass, absolute rapidity, and cosine of the polar angle in the Collins-Soper frame. A measurement of the forward-backward asymmetry was obtained from the differential cross-section by summing over the forward and the backward events and taking their difference. The three-dimensional differential cross-section measurement presented in this dissertation can be used to constrain the invariant mass- and rapidity-dependent parton distribution functions of the proton and the forward-backward asymmetry results can be used to extract a measurement of the weak mixing angle. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Experimental particle physics en_US
dc.subject CERN en_US
dc.subject LHC en_US
dc.subject ATLAS en_US
dc.subject Standard Model en_US
dc.subject Drell-Yan en_US
dc.subject Parton distribution functions en_US
dc.subject Weak mixing angle en_US
dc.title Measurement of neutral current Drell-Yan production at 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Keeler, Richard K.
dc.degree.department Department of Physics and Astronomy en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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