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Observation of nuclear modifications in W± boson production in pPb collisions at ?sNN=8.16TeV

Abstract: The production of W± bosons is studied in proton-lead (pPb) collisions at a nucleon-nucleon centre-of-mass energy of ?sNN=8.16TeV. Measurements are performed in the W±??±?? channel using a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 173.4±6.1nb?1, collected by the CMS Collaboration at the LHC. The number of positively and negatively charged W bosons is determined separately in the muon pseudorapidity region in the laboratory frame |?lab?|<2.4 and transverse momentum pT?>25GeV/c. The W± boson differential cross sections, muon charge asymmetry, and the ratios of W± boson yields for the proton-going over the Pb-going beam directions are reported as a function of the muon pseudorapidity in the nucleon-nucleon centre-of-mass frame. The measurements are compared to the predictions from theoretical calculations based on parton distribution functions (PDFs) at next-to-leading-order. The results favour PDF calculations that include nuclear modifications and provide constraints on the nuclear PDF global fits.

 Fuente: Physics Letters B 800 (2020) 135048

 Editorial: Elsevier

 Fecha de publicación: 01/01/2020

 Nº de páginas: 24

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2019.135048

 ISSN: 0370-2693,1873-2445

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2019.135048