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Study of WWγ and WZγ production in pp collisions at s=8TeV and search for anomalous quartic gauge couplings with the ATLAS experiment


This paper presents a study of W W γ and W Z γ triboson production using events from proton-proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of s = 8 TeV recorded with the ATLAS detector at the LHC and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 20.2 fb - 1 . The W W γ production cross-section is determined using a final state containing an electron, a muon, a photon, and neutrinos ( e ν μ ν γ ). Upper limits on the production cross-section of the e ν μ ν γ final state and the W W γ and W Z γ final states containing an electron or a muon, two jets, a photon, and a neutrino ( e ν j j γ or μ ν j j γ ) are also derived. The results are compared to the cross-sections predicted by the Standard Model at next-to-leading order in the strong-coupling constant. In addition, upper limits on the production cross-sections are derived in a fiducial region optimised for a search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. The results are interpreted in the context of anomalous quartic gauge couplings using an effective field theory. Confidence intervals at 95% confidence level are derived for the 14 coupling coefficients to which W W γ and W Z γ production are sensitive.

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