Optimisation of variables for studying dilepton transverse momentum distributions at hadron colliders
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In future measurements of the dilepton (Z/γ ∗) transverse momentum, Q T , at both the Tevatron and LHC, the achievable bin widths and the ultimate precision of the measurements will be limited by experimental resolution rather than by the available event statistics. In a recent paper the variable a T , which corresponds to the component of Q T that is transverse to the dilepton thrust axis, has been studied in this regard. In the region, Q T < 30 GeV, a T has been shown to be less susceptible to experimental resolution and efficiency effects than the Q T . Extending over all Q T , we now demonstrate that dividing a T (or Q T ) by the measured dilepton invariant mass further improves the resolution. In addition, we propose a new variable, ϕ∗η, that is determined exclusively from the measured lepton directions; this is even more precisely determined experimentally than the above variables and is similarly sensitive to the Q T . The greater precision achievable using such variables will enable more stringent tests of QCD and tighter constraints on Monte Carlo event generator tunes Show more
Journal / seriesThe European Physical Journal C
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