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Measurements of Zγ and Zγγ production in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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  • ATLAS Collaboration
Article number112002
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2/06/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical Review D
Issue number11
Number of pages41
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The production of Z bosons with one or two isolated high-energy photons is studied using pp collisions at √s=8  TeV. The analyses use a data sample with an integrated luminosity of 20.3  fb−1 collected by the ATLAS detector during the 2012 LHC data taking. The Zγ and Zγγ production cross sections are measured with leptonic (e+e−, μ+μ−, νν¯) decays of the Z boson, in extended fiducial regions defined in terms of the lepton and photon acceptance. They are then compared to cross-section predictions from the Standard Model, where the sources of the photons are radiation off initial-state quarks and radiative Z-boson decay to charged leptons, and from fragmentation of final-state quarks and gluons into photons. The yields of events with photon transverse energy ET>250  GeV from ℓ+ℓ−γ events and with ET>400  GeVfrom νν¯γ events are used to search for anomalous triple gauge-boson couplings ZZγ and Zγγ. The yields of events with diphoton invariant mass mγγ>200  GeV from ℓ+ℓ−γγ events and with mγγ>300  GeV from νν¯γγevents are used to search for anomalous quartic gauge-boson couplings ZZγγand Zγγγ. No deviations from Standard Model predictions are observed and limits are placed on parameters used to describe anomalous triple and quartic gauge-boson couplings.