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Z boson production in Pb+Pb collisions at sNN=5.02 TeV measured by the ATLAS experiment

  • Aad, G
  • Abbott, B
  • Abbott, DC
  • Abed Abud, A
  • Abeling, K
  • Abhayasinghe, DK
  • Abidi, SH
  • AbouZeid, OS
  • Abraham, NL
  • Abramowicz, H
  • Abreu, H
  • Abulaiti, Y
  • Acharya, BS
  • Achkar, B
  • Adachi, S
  • Adam, L
  • Adam Bourdarios, C
  • Adamczyk, L
  • Adamek, L
  • Adelman, J
  • And 80 more
Publication Date
Mar 10, 2020
eScholarship - University of California
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© 2020 The Author(s) The production yield of Z bosons is measured in the electron and muon decay channels in Pb+Pb collisions at sNN=5.02 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Data from the 2015 LHC run corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 0.49 nb−1 are used for the analysis. The Z boson yield, normalised by the total number of minimum-bias events and the mean nuclear thickness function, is measured as a function of dilepton rapidity and event centrality. The measurements in Pb+Pb collisions are compared with similar measurements made in proton–proton collisions at the same centre-of-mass energy. The nuclear modification factor is found to be consistent with unity for all centrality intervals. The results are compared with theoretical predictions obtained at next-to-leading order using nucleon and nuclear parton distribution functions. The normalised Z boson yields in Pb+Pb collisions lie 1–3σ above the predictions. The nuclear modification factor measured as a function of rapidity agrees with unity and is consistent with a next-to-leading-order QCD calculation including the isospin effect.

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