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Lepton angular distributions in Drell-Yan process

May 21, 2018, 10:30 AM
O'Keefe Ballroom (Drury Plaza Hotel)

O'Keefe Ballroom

Drury Plaza Hotel

828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501


Jen-Chieh Peng (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


High precision data of dilepton angular distributions in ??/Z production were reported recently by the CMS and ATLAS Collaboration covering a broad range of the dilepton transverse momentum, qT, up to ?300GeV. Pronounced qT dependencies of the ? and ? parameters, characterizing the cos2? and cos2? angular distributions, were found. Violation of the Lam?Tung relation was also clearly observed. We show that the qT dependence of ? allows a determination of the relative contributions of the q-qbar annihilation versus the qG Compton process. The violation of the Lam?Tung relation is attributed to the presence of a non-zero component of the q ?qbar axis in the direction normal to the ?hadron plane? formed by the colliding hadrons. The magnitude of the violation of the Lam?Tung relation is shown to reflect the amount of this ?non-coplanarity?. The observed qT dependencies of ? and ? from the CMS and the earlier CDF data can be well described using this approach. Implications on the extraction of the Boer-Mulders function and other hard processes at fixed-target and collider experiments will also be discussed.

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