Constraining Parton Distribution Functions from Neutral Current Drell-Yan Measurements

18 Mar 2019  ·  Accomando E., Fiaschi J., Hautmann F., Moretti S. ·

We study the cross section \sigma and Forward-Backward asymmetry A_{FB} in the process pp \to \gamma^*,Z \to \ell^+\ell^- (with \ell=e,\mu) for determinations of Parton Distribution Functions (PDFs) of the proton. We show that, once mapped in the invariant mass of the di-lepton final state, M({\ell\ell}), both observables, \sigma and A_{FB}, display a statistical error which is presently competitive with that assigned to the existing PDF sets and which will rapidly become smaller than the latter as the luminosity being accumulated at Run-II of the LHC grows... This statement is applicable to both on-peak and off-peak M({\ell\ell}) regions, both (just) below and above it, thereby offering a means of constraining the quark PDFs over a sizeable (x,Q^2) range. read more

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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology