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Measurement of the polarisation of W bosons produced with large transverse momentum in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV with the ATLAS experiment

G. Aad L. Aperio Bella 1 B. Aubert 1 N. Berger 1 J. Colas 1 M. Delmastro 1 L. Di Ciaccio 1 T.K.O. Doan 1 S. Elles 1 C. Goy 1 L. Helary 1 T. Hryn'Ova 1 A. Jérémie 1 S. Jézéquel 1 M. Kataoka 1 J. Labbe 1 R. Lafaye 1 J. Leveque 1 V.P. Lombardo 1 N. Massol 1 P. Perrodo 1 E. Petit 1 H. Przysiezniak 1 G. Sauvage 1 E. Sauvan 1 M. Schwoerer 1 T. Todorov 1 D. Tsionou 1 I. Wingerter-Seez 1 R. Zitoun 1 Y. Zolnierowski 1 C. Biscarat 2 E. Cogneras 2 G. Rahal 2 S. Abdel Khalek 3 H. Abreu 3 N. Andari 3 C. Arnault 3 E. Augé 3 P. Barrillon 3 M. Benoit 3 S. Binet 3 C. Bourdarios 3 C. de la Taille 3 J.B. de Vivie de Regie 3 L. Duflot 3 M. Escalier 3 L. Fayard 3 D. Fournier 3 J.-F. Grivaz 3 S. Henrot-Versillé 3 J. Hrivnac 3 L. Iconomidou-Fayard 3 J. Idarraga 3 M. Kado 3 N. Lorenzo Martinez 3 A. Lounis 3 N. Makovec 3 P. Matricon 3 F. Niedercorn 3 L. Poggioli 3 P. Puzo 3 A. Renaud 3 D. Rousseau 3 G. Rybkin 3 J.B. Sauvan 3 J. Schaarschmidt 3 A.C. Schaffer 3 E. Scifo 3 L. Serin 3 S. Simion 3 R. Tanaka 3 M. Teinturier 3 J.J. Veillet 3 I. Vukotic 3 F. Wicek 3 D. Zerwas 3 Z. Zhang 3 D. Boumediene 4 Emmanuel Busato 4 D. Calvet 4 S. Calvet 4 Reina Coromoto Camacho Toro 4 Diane Cinca 5 J. Donini 4 R. Febbraro 4 N. Ghodbane 4 C. Guicheney 4 H. Liao 4 D. Pallin 4 Daniela Paredes Hernández 4 F. Podlyski 4 C. Santoni 4 L. P. Says 4 F. Vazeille 4 S. Albrand 6 M.L. Andrieux 6 Q. Buat 6 B. Clement 6 J. Collot 6 S. Crépé-Renaudin 6 B. Dechenaux 6 T. Delemontex 6 P.A. Delsart 6 M.H. Genest 6 J.Y. Hostachy 6 E. Laisne 6 F. Ledroit-Guillon 6 A. Lleres 6 A. Lucotte 6 F. Malek 6 P. Martin 6 F. Polci 6 J. Stark 6 X. Sun 6 B. Trocmé 6 J. Wang 6 C. Weydert 6 S. Aoun 7 C. P. Bee 7 C. Bertella 7 N. Bousson 7 J. C. Clémens 7 Y. Coadou 7 F. Djama 7 F. Etienne 7 L. Feligioni 7 F. Henry-Couannier 7 D. Hoffmann 7 F. Hubaut 7 E. B. F. G. Knoops 7 E. Le Guirriec 7 B. Li 7 J. Maurer 7 E. Monnier 7 J. Odier 7 P. Pralavorio 7 Z. Qian 7 A. Rozanov 7 M. Talby 7 N. Tannoury 7 S. Tisserant 7 J. Toth 7 F. Touchard 7 L. Vacavant 7
Abstract : This paper describes an analysis of the angular distribution of W->enu and W->munu decays, using data from pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV recorded with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in 2010, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of about 35 pb^-1. Using the decay lepton transverse momentum and the missing transverse energy, the W decay angular distribution projected onto the transverse plane is obtained and analysed in terms of helicity fractions f0, fL and fR over two ranges of W transverse momentum (ptw): 35 < ptw < 50 GeV and ptw > 50 GeV. Good agreement is found with theoretical predictions. For ptw > 50 GeV, the values of f0 and fL-fR, averaged over charge and lepton flavour, are measured to be : f0 = 0.127 +/- 0.030 +/- 0.108 and fL-fR = 0.252 +/- 0.017 +/- 0.030, where the first uncertainties are statistical, and the second include all systematic effects.
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G. Aad, L. Aperio Bella, B. Aubert, N. Berger, J. Colas, et al.. Measurement of the polarisation of W bosons produced with large transverse momentum in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV with the ATLAS experiment. European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2012, 72, pp.2001. ⟨10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-2001-6⟩. ⟨in2p3-00679734⟩

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