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Measurement of the muon charge asymmetry in inclusive $pp \to W+X$ production at $\sqrt s =$ 7 TeV and an improved determination of light parton distribution functions

The CMS collaboration
Phys.Rev. D90 (2014) 032004, 2014

Abstract (data abstract)
CERN-LHC. Measurements of the muon charge asymmetry in inclusive $p p \to W+X$ production at $\sqrt{s}=7$ TeV are presented. The data sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 4.7 fb$^{-1}$ recorded with the CMS detector at the LHC. With a sample of more than 20 million $W\to\mu\nu$ events, the statistical precision is greatly improved in comparison to previous measurements. These new results provide additional constraints on the parton distribution functions of the proton in the range of the Bjorken scaling variable $x$ from $10^{-3}$ to $10^{-1}$. These measurements and the recent CMS measurement of associated $W + \text{charm}$ production are used together with the cross sections for inclusive deep inelastic $e^\pm p$ scattering at HERA in a next-to-leading-order QCD analysis. The determination of the valence quark distributions is improved, and the strange-quark distribution is probed directly through the leading-order process $g + s \rightarrow W + c$ in proton-proton collisions at the LHC.

  • Table 1

    Data from Table IV and Figure 7a

    10.17182/hepdata.65456.v1/t1

    Summary of the final results for muon charge asymmetry $\mathcal{A}$ with the muon $p_{T}>25$ GeV. The first uncertainty is statistical...

  • Table 2

    Data from Table IV and Figure 7b

    10.17182/hepdata.65456.v1/t2

    Summary of the final results for muon charge asymmetry $\mathcal{A}$ with the muon $p_{T}>35$ GeV. The first uncertainty is statistical...

  • Table 3

    Data from Supplemental material

    10.17182/hepdata.65456.v1/t3

    Covariance matrix (statistical and systematic uncertainties combined) with the muon $p_{T}>25$ GeV. The units are in $10^{-4}$.

  • Table 4

    Data from Supplemental material

    10.17182/hepdata.65456.v1/t4

    Covariance matrix (statistical and systematic uncertainties combined) with the muon $p_{T}>35$ GeV. The units are in $10^{-4}$.

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