Measurements of the inclusive and differential production cross sections of a top-quark–antiquark pair in association with a Z boson at s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector


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Abstract: Measurements of both the inclusive and differential production cross sections of a top-quark–antiquark pair in association with a Z boson (tt¯Z) are presented. The measurements are performed by targeting final states with three or four isolated leptons (electrons or muons) and are based on s=13 TeV proton–proton collision data with an integrated luminosity of 139 fb-1, recorded from 2015 to 2018 with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The inclusive cross section is measured to be σtt¯Z=0.99±0.05 (stat.) ±0.08 (syst.) pb, in agreement with the most precise theoretical predictions. The differential measurements are presented as a function of a number of kinematic variables which probe the kinematics of the tt¯Z system. Both absolute and normalised differential cross-section measurements are performed at particle and parton levels for specific fiducial volumes and are compared with theoretical predictions at different levels of precision, based on a χ2/ndf and p value computation. Overall, good agreement is observed between the unfolded data and the predictions.

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Regular Article - Experimental Physics
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The European Physical Journal C
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1434-6044
1434-6052
Volume Title
81
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Springer Berlin Heidelberg