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Title: The Search for New Physics in Di-Electron Events at CDF


A narrow resonance resulting from a new physics process is searched in the dielectron channel using approximately 819 pb -1 of Tevatron proton-antiproton collision data at √s = 1.96 TeV.

  1. New College, Oxford (United Kingdom)
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Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
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Harper, Sam. The Search for New Physics in Di-Electron Events at CDF. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/1369236.
Harper, Sam. The Search for New Physics in Di-Electron Events at CDF. United States. doi:10.2172/1369236.
Harper, Sam. Mon . "The Search for New Physics in Di-Electron Events at CDF". United States. doi:10.2172/1369236.
title = {The Search for New Physics in Di-Electron Events at CDF},
author = {Harper, Sam},
abstractNote = {A narrow resonance resulting from a new physics process is searched in the dielectron channel using approximately 819 pb-1 of Tevatron proton-antiproton collision data at √s = 1.96 TeV.},
doi = {10.2172/1369236},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}

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