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Parton distributions and the LHC: W and Z production

  • A.D. Martin
  • R.G. Roberts
  • W.J. Stirling
  • R.S. Thorne
Theoretical physics

Abstract.

W and Z bosons will be produced copiously at the LHC proton-proton collider. We study the parton distribution dependence of the total production cross sections and rapidity distributions, paying particular attention to the uncertainties arising from uncertainties in the parton distributions themselves. Variations in the gluon, the strong coupling, the sea quarks and the overall normalisation are shown to lead to small but non-negligible variations in the cross section predictions. Ultimately, therefore, the measurement of these cross sections will provide a powerful cross check on our knowledge of parton distributions and their evolution.

Keywords

Strong Coupling Production Cross Total Production Production Cross Section Parton Distribution 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • A.D. Martin
    • 1
  • R.G. Roberts
    • 2
  • W.J. Stirling
    • 1
  • R.S. Thorne
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics, University of Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK GB
  2. 2.Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0QX, UK GB
  3. 3.Jesus College, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3DW, UK GB

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