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Evidence for exclusive ?? ? W+ W? production and constraints on anomalous quartic gauge couplings in pp collisions at ?s = 7 and 8 TeV

Abstract: A search for exclusive or quasi-exclusive ?? ? W+W? production, via pp ? p(*)W+W?p(*) ? p(*)?±e?p(*) at ?s = 8 TeV, is reported using data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb?1. Events are selected by requiring the presence of an electron-muon pair with large transverse momentum pT(?±e?) > 30 GeV, and no associated charged particles detected from the same vertex. The 8 TeV results are combined with the previous 7 TeV results (obtained for 5.05 fb?1 of data). In the signal region, 13 (2) events are observed over an expected background of 3.9 ± 0.6 (0.84 ± 0.15) events for 8 (7) TeV, resulting in a combined excess of 3.4? over the background-only hypothesis. The observed yields and kinematic distributions are compatible with the standard model prediction for exclusive and quasi-exclusive ?? ? W+W? production. Upper limits on the anomalous quartic gauge coupling operators a0,C W (dimension-6) and fM0,1,2,3 (dimension-8), the most stringent to date, are derived from the measured dilepton transverse momentum spectrum.

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 Fuente: Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol. 2016, Num. 8, Art. Num. 119

Editorial: Springer Verlag

 Fecha de publicación: 01/08/2016

Nº de páginas: 47

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1007/JHEP08(2016)119

ISSN: 1126-6708,1029-8479

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP08(2016)119