Observation of associated production of a Z boson with a D meson in the forward region

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Abstract

  • A search for associated production of a Z boson with an open charm meson is presented using a data sample, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0 fb-1 of proton-proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 7TeV, collected by the LHCb experiment. Seven candidate events for associated production of a Z boson with a D0 meson and four candidate events for a Z boson with a D+ meson are observed with a combined significance of 5.1 standard deviations. The production cross-sections in the forward region are measured to be αZμ+μ-, D0= 2.50 ±1.12 ±0.22 pb αZμ+μ-, D + = 0.44 ±0.23 ±0.03 pb,where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second systematic. [Figure not available: see fulltext.] © 2014 The Author(s).
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  • Forward physics, Hadron-Hadron Scattering, Heavy quark production, Particle and resonance production
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    Author List

  • Aaij R; Adeva B; Adinolfi M; Affolder A; Ajaltouni Z; Albrecht J; Alessio F; Alexander M; Ali S; Alkhazov G
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  • 2014
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  • 4