Measurement of the production of a $W$ boson in association with a charm quark in $pp$ collisions at $\sqrt{s} =$ 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector

Philip James Clark, Victoria Jane Martin, Corrinne Mills, Atlas Collaboration

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The production of a W boson in association with a single charm quark is studied using 4.6 fb^-1 of pp collision data at sqrt(s)=7 TeV collected with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. In events in which a W boson decays to an electron or muon, the charm quark is tagged either by its semileptonic decay to a muon or by the presence of a charmed meson. The integrated and differential cross sections as a function of the pseudorapidity of the lepton from the W-boson decay are measured. Results are compared to the predictions of next-to-leading-order QCD calculations obtained from various parton distribution function parameterisations. The ratio of the strange-to-down sea-quark distributions is determined to be 0.96 +0.26 -0.30 at Q^2=1.9 GeV^2, which supports the hypothesis of an SU(3)-symmetric composition of the light-quark sea. Additionally, the cross-section ratio sigma(W^+ + bar{c})/sigma(W^- + c) is compared to the predictions obtained using parton distribution function parameterisations with different assumptions about the s-bar{s} quark asymmetry.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAad:2014xca
Pages (from-to)068
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Volume1405
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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