Measurement of the cross section for electroweak production of a Z boson, a photon and two jets in proton-proton collisions at $\sqrt{s} =$ 13 TeV and constraints on anomalous quartic couplings

The CMS collaboration
JHEP 2006 (2020) 076, 2020.

Abstract (data abstract)
CERN-LHC. Measurement of the cross section for electroweak production and constraints on anomalous quartic couplings from events with a Z boson and a photon in association with two jets in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 13 TeV. The Z boson candidates are selected through their decay into a pair of electrons or muons. The process of interest, electroweak Z gamma jj production, is isolated by selecting events with a large dijet mass and a large pseudorapidity gap between the two jets. The measurement is based on data collected with the CMS detector in 2016 at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb−1. The observed significance of the signal is 3.9 standard deviations, where a significance of 5.2 standard deviations is expected in the standard model predictions. The results are combined with previously published CMS results based on sqrt(s)=8 TeV data, which leads to an observed (expected) significance of 4.7 (5.5) standard deviations. The measured value of the fiducial cross section for the signal is reported. Bounds are given on quartic vector boson interactions in the framework of dimension-8 effective field theory operators at 95% confidence level. The fiducial region is defined as: - ptl>20 GeV(25 GeV) && |etaLepton|<2.4(2.5) form muon(electron) - third lepton veto - 70 GeV < Mll < 110 GeV - photon pT>20 GeV && |etaPhoton|<1.442 or (|etaPhoton|>1.566 && |etaPhoton|<2.5) for barrel and endcap - ptjet>30 GeV && |etaJet|<4.7 - Mjj > 500 GeV && |deltaetajj|>2.5 - DeltaR(l,photon)>0.7 && DeltaR(l,j)>0.5 && Delta(photon,j)>0.5 && DeltaR(j,j)>0.5 - leptons are dressed with photons whose DeltaR(l,photon)<0.1 Selections for aQGC limits are defined as: - ptl>20 GeV(25 GeV) && |etaLepton|<2.4(2.5) form muon(electron) - third lepton veto - 70 GeV < Mll < 110 GeV - photon pT> 100 GeV && |etaPhoton|<1.442 or (|etaPhoton|>1.566 && |etaPhoton|<2.5) for barrel and endcap - ptjet>30 GeV && |etaJet|<4.7 - Mjj > 500 GeV && |deltaetajj|>2.5 - DeltaR(l,photon)>0.7 && DeltaR(l,j)>0.5 && Delta(photon,j)>0.5 && DeltaR(j,j)>0.5

  • Table 1

    Data from Page 8 of preprint

    10.17182/hepdata.93069.v1/t1

    The measured EWK Zgamma+2j fiducial cross section. The uncertainty is the combined stastical uncertianty and the systematic uncertainty including experimental...

  • Table 2

    Data from Page 9 of preprint

    10.17182/hepdata.93069.v1/t2

    The measured combined QCD-induced and EWK Zgamma+2j fiducial cross section. The uncertainty is the combined stastical uncertianty and the systematic...

  • Table 3

    Data from Page 9 of preprint

    10.17182/hepdata.93069.v1/t3

    aQGC limits on effective field theory parameters in EWK Zgamma events

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