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Measurement of the ZZ production cross section in p-pbar collisions at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV

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Article number011103(R)
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>6/07/2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical Review D
Issue number1
Volume84
Number of pages8
<mark>State</mark>Published
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

We present a new measurement of the production cross section $\sigma(p\bar{p} \rightarrow ZZ)$ at a center-of-mass energy $\sqrt{s}=1.96$ TeV, obtained from the analysis of the four charged lepton final state $\ell^{+}\ell^{-}\ell^{'+} \ell^{'-}$ ($\ell$, $\ell^{'}$ = $e$ or $\mu$). We observe ten candidate events with an expected background of $0.37 \pm 0.13$ events. The measured cross section $\sigma(p\bar{p} \to ZZ)= 1.26^{+0.47}_{-0.37} \mathrm{(stat)} \pm 0.14 \mathrm{(syst)}$ pb is in agreement with NLO QCD predictions. This result is combined with a previous result from the $ZZ\to\ell^{+}\ell^{-}\nu\bar{\nu}$ channel resulting in a combined cross section of $\sigma(p\bar{p} \to ZZ)= 1.40^{+0.43}_{-0.37} \mathrm{(stat)} \pm 0.14 \mathrm{(syst)}$ pb.

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