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Measurements of four-lepton production in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

  • Author(s): Aad, G;
  • Abbott, B;
  • Abdallah, J;
  • Abdinov, O;
  • Aben, R;
  • Abolins, M;
  • AbouZeid, OS;
  • Abramowicz, H;
  • Abreu, H;
  • Abreu, R;
  • Abulaiti, Y;
  • Acharya, BS;
  • Adamczyk, L;
  • Adams, DL;
  • Adelman, J;
  • Adomeit, S;
  • Adye, T;
  • Affolder, AA;
  • Agatonovic-Jovin, T;
  • Agricola, J;
  • Aguilar-Saavedra, JA;
  • Ahlen, SP;
  • Ahmadov, F;
  • Aielli, G;
  • Akerstedt, H;
  • Åkesson, TPA;
  • Akimov, AV;
  • Alberghi, GL;
  • Albert, J;
  • Albrand, S;
  • Alconada Verzini, MJ;
  • Aleksa, M;
  • Aleksandrov, IN;
  • Alexa, C;
  • Alexander, G;
  • Alexopoulos, T;
  • Alhroob, M;
  • Alimonti, G;
  • Alio, L;
  • Alison, J;
  • Alkire, SP;
  • Allbrooke, BMM;
  • Allport, PP;
  • Aloisio, A;
  • Alonso, A;
  • Alonso, F;
  • Alpigiani, C;
  • Altheimer, A;
  • Alvarez Gonzalez, B;
  • Álvarez Piqueras, D;
  • Alviggi, MG;
  • Amadio, BT;
  • Amako, K;
  • Amaral Coutinho, Y;
  • Amelung, C;
  • Amidei, D;
  • Amor Dos Santos, SP;
  • Amorim, A;
  • Amoroso, S;
  • Amram, N;
  • Amundsen, G;
  • Anastopoulos, C;
  • Ancu, LS;
  • Andari, N;
  • Andeen, T;
  • Anders, CF;
  • Anders, G;
  • Anders, JK;
  • Anderson, KJ;
  • Andreazza, A;
  • Andrei, V;
  • Angelidakis, S;
  • Angelozzi, I;
  • Anger, P;
  • Angerami, A;
  • Anghinolfi, F;
  • Anisenkov, AV;
  • Anjos, N;
  • Annovi, A;
  • Antonelli, M;
  • Antonov, A;
  • Antos, J;
  • Anulli, F;
  • Aoki, M;
  • Aperio Bella, L;
  • Arabidze, G;
  • Arai, Y;
  • Araque, JP;
  • Arce, ATH;
  • Arduh, FA;
  • Arguin, JF;
  • Argyropoulos, S;
  • Arik, M;
  • Armbruster, AJ;
  • Arnaez, O;
  • Arnold, H;
  • Arratia, M;
  • Arslan, O;
  • Artamonov, A;
  • Artoni, G
  • et al.
Abstract

The four-lepton (4ℓ, ℓ=e,μ) production cross section is measured in the mass range from 80 to 1000 GeV using 20.3 fb−1 of data in pp collisions at s=8 TeV collected with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The 4ℓ events are produced in the decays of resonant Z and Higgs bosons and the non-resonant ZZ continuum originating from qq¯, gg, and qg initial states. A total of 476 signal candidate events are observed with a background expectation of 26.2±3.6 events, enabling the measurement of the integrated cross section and the differential cross section as a function of the invariant mass and transverse momentum of the four-lepton system. In the mass range above 180 GeV, assuming the theoretical constraint on the qq¯ production cross section calculated with perturbative NNLO QCD and NLO electroweak corrections, the signal strength of the gluon-fusion component relative to its leading-order prediction is determined to be μgg=2.4±1.0 (stat.)±0.5 (syst.)±0.8 (theory).

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