Measurements of vector boson production in lead-lead and proton-lead collisions with the ATLAS detector

May 19, 2014, 5:30 PM
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Schlossgraben 1 64283 Darmstadt Germany
Contributed Talk Collective Dynamics Electromagnetic probes


Iwona Grabowska-Bold (AGH University of Science and Technology (PL))


Photons and weak bosons do not interact strongly, and thus their production yields provide direct tests of binary collision scaling, and in addition should be sensitive to the nuclear modification of parton distribution functions (nPDFs). Proton-lead collisions also provide an excellent opportunity to test nPDFs in a less dense environment than lead-lead, along with useful forward backward asymmetries in the final state.   The ATLAS detector has proven to be an excellent apparatus in measurements involving photons, electrons and muons, the latter being products of weak-boson decays, in the high occupancy environment produced in heavy ion collisions. The experiment has recorded 30 $nb^{-1}$ of proton-lead data and 140 $\mu b^{-1}$ of lead-lead data, both of which have similar integrated partonic luminosities.  We will present the prompt photon, Z and W boson yields as a function of centrality, and also differentially in transverse momentum and rapidity, in lead-lead and proton-lead collisions from the ATLAS experiment. For W bosons also a lepton charge asymmetry has been studied, which may also shed light on nPDFs.
On behalf of collaboration: ATLAS

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Iwona Grabowska-Bold (AGH University of Science and Technology (PL))

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