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Precise study of the Z/gamma* boson transverse momentum distribution in ppbar collisions using a novel technique

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Article number122001
Journal publication date26/03/2011
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Journal number12
Volume106
Number of pages7
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Using 7.3 pb-1 of ppbar collisions collected by the D0 detector at the Fermilab Tevatron, we measure the distribution of the variable \phistar, which probes the same physical effects as the Z/gamma* boson transverse momentum, but is less susceptible to the effects of experimental resolution and efficiency. A QCD prediction is found to describe the general features of the \phistar distribution, but is unable to describe its detailed shape or dependence on boson rapidity. A prediction that includes a broadening of transverse momentum for small values of the parton momentum fraction is strongly disfavored.

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© 2011 American Physical Society 12 pages, 3 figures