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Measurement of the cross-section for electroweak production of dijets in association with a Z boson in pp collisions at $\sqrt {s}$ = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaboud:2017emo
Pages (from-to)206-228
JournalPhysics Letters B
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2017


The cross-section for the production of two jets in association with a leptonically decaying Z boson ($Zjj$) is measured in proton--proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV, using data recorded with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3.2 fb$^{-1}$. The electroweak $Zjj$ cross-section is extracted in a fiducial region chosen to enhance the electroweak contribution relative to the dominant Drell--Yan $Zjj$ process, which is constrained using a data-driven approach. The measured fiducial electroweak cross-section is $\sigma^{Zjj}_{EW}= 119\pm 16 (stat.) \pm 20 (syst.)\pm 2 (lumi.)$ for dijet invariant mass greater than 250 GeV, and $34.2\pm 5.8 (stat.)\pm 5.5 (syst.)\pm 0.7 (lumi.)$ for dijet invariant mass greater than 1 TeV. Standard Model predictions are in agreement with the measurements. The inclusive $Zjj$ cross-section is also measured in six different fiducial regions with varying contributions from electroweak and Drell--Yan $Zjj$ production.

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