Study of WWγ and WZγ production in pp collisions at √s=8TeV and search for anomalous quartic gauge couplings with the ATLAS experiment


Creative Commons License

Aaboud M., Aad G., Abbott B., Abdinov O., Abeloos B., Abidi S., ...More

European Physical Journal C, vol.77, no.9, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

Abstract

© 2017, CERN for the benefit of the ATLAS collaboration.This paper presents a study of WWγ and WZγ triboson production using events from proton–proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of s=8TeV recorded with the ATLAS detector at the LHC and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 20.2 fb- 1. The WWγ production cross-section is determined using a final state containing an electron, a muon, a photon, and neutrinos (e). Upper limits on the production cross-section of the e final state and the WWγ and WZγ final states containing an electron or a muon, two jets, a photon, and a neutrino (eνjjγ or μνjjγ) are also derived. The results are compared to the cross-sections predicted by the Standard Model at next-to-leading order in the strong-coupling constant. In addition, upper limits on the production cross-sections are derived in a fiducial region optimised for a search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. The results are interpreted in the context of anomalous quartic gauge couplings using an effective field theory. Confidence intervals at 95% confidence level are derived for the 14 coupling coefficients to which WWγ and WZγ production are sensitive.