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

Collaboration, ATLAS
(2020) Z boson production in Pb+Pb collisions at √sNN=5.02 TeV measured by the ATLAS experiment. Physics Letters B: Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics, 802.

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The production yield of $Z$ bosons is measured in the electron and muon decay channels in Pb+Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\textrm{NN}}}$ = 5.02 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Data from the 2015 LHC run corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 0.49 $\textrm{nb}^{-1}$ are used for the analysis. The $Z$ boson yield, normalised by the total 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$-3$$\sigma$ 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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 38 pages in total, author list starting page 22, 7 figures, 1 table, submitted to Physics Letters B. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at https://atlas.web.cern.ch/Atlas/GROUPS/PHYSICS/PAPERS/HION-2018-10/
Uncontrolled Keywords: nucl-ex, nucl-ex, hep-ex
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 09:40
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 10:38
DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2020.135262
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3075690