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Measurement of the polarisation of W bosons produced with large transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s =7 TeV with the ATLAS experiment

  • Author(s): Aad, G
  • Abbott, B
  • Abdallah, J
  • Abdelalim, AA
  • Abdesselam, A
  • Abdinov, O
  • Abi, B
  • Abolins, M
  • AbouZeid, OS
  • Abramowicz, H
  • Abreu, H
  • Acerbi, E
  • Acharya, BS
  • Adamczyk, L
  • Adams, DL
  • Addy, TN
  • Adelman, J
  • Aderholz, M
  • Adomeit, S
  • Adragna, P
  • Adye, T
  • Aefsky, S
  • Aguilar-Saavedra, JA
  • Aharrouche, M
  • Ahlen, SP
  • Ahles, F
  • Ahmad, A
  • Ahsan, M
  • Aielli, G
  • Akdogan, T
  • Åkesson, TPA
  • Akimoto, G
  • Akimov, AV
  • Akiyama, A
  • Alam, MS
  • Alam, MA
  • Albert, J
  • Albrand, S
  • Aleksa, M
  • Aleksandrov, IN
  • Alessandria, F
  • Alexa, C
  • Alexander, G
  • Alexandre, G
  • Alexopoulos, T
  • Alhroob, M
  • Aliev, M
  • Alimonti, G
  • et al.
Abstract

This paper describes an analysis of the angular distribution of W→eν and W→μν decays, using data from pp collisions at √s =7 TeV recorded with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in 2010, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of about 35 pb-1. Using the decay lepton transverse momentum and the missing transverse momentum, the W decay angular distribution projected onto the transverse plane is obtained and analysed in terms of helicity fractions f0, fLand fRover two ranges of W transverse momentum (pWT): 35 < pWT< 50 GeV and pWT> 50 GeV. Good agreement is found with theoretical predictions. For pWT>50 GeV, the values of f0and fL-fR, averaged over charge and lepton flavour, are measured to be: f0=0. 127±0. 030±0. 108 and fL-fR=0. 252±0. 017±0. 030, where the first uncertainties are statistical, and the second include all systematic effects. © 2012 CERN for the benefit of the ATLAS collaboration.

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