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Title: Measurement of 1/σ dσ/dy for Z/γ* → e +e - at √s= 1.96 TeV


The author presents the measurement of p$$\bar{p}$$ → Z/γ* → e +e - + X inclusive differential cross section as a function of boson rapidity. The data, which correspond to an integrated luminosity of 0.4 fb -1, were collected with D0 detector at Tevatron p$$\bar{p}$$ collider. At the Run II energy of √s = 1.96 TeV, Z bosons are produced with rapidity out to ± 3. The cross section is measured in a mass range between 71 to 111 GeV for the allowed kinematic range.

  1. Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
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Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
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TRN: US0703310
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AC02-07CH11359; FG05-97ER41015
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Yan, Ming. Measurement of 1/σ dσ/dy for Z/γ* → e+e- at √s= 1.96 TeV. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/907792.
Yan, Ming. Measurement of 1/σ dσ/dy for Z/γ* → e+e- at √s= 1.96 TeV. United States. doi:10.2172/907792.
Yan, Ming. Thu . "Measurement of 1/σ dσ/dy for Z/γ* → e+e- at √s= 1.96 TeV". United States. doi:10.2172/907792.
title = {Measurement of 1/σ dσ/dy for Z/γ* → e+e- at √s= 1.96 TeV},
author = {Yan, Ming},
abstractNote = {The author presents the measurement of p$\bar{p}$ → Z/γ* → e+e- + X inclusive differential cross section as a function of boson rapidity. The data, which correspond to an integrated luminosity of 0.4 fb-1, were collected with D0 detector at Tevatron p$\bar{p}$ collider. At the Run II energy of √s = 1.96 TeV, Z bosons are produced with rapidity out to ± 3. The cross section is measured in a mass range between 71 to 111 GeV for the allowed kinematic range.},
doi = {10.2172/907792},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}

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