Measurement of the low-mass Drell-Yan differential cross section at √s = 7 TeV using the ATLAS detector
Buanes, Trygve; Dale, Ørjan; Eigen, Gerald; Kastanas, Alex; Liebig, Wolfgang; Lipniacka, Anna; Martin dit Latour, Bertrand; Rosendahl, Peter Lundgaard; Sandaker, Heidi; Sjursen, Therese B.; Stugu, Bjarne; Ugland, Maren; Bugge, Lars; Bugge, Magnar Kopangen; Cameron, David Gordon; Gjelsten, Børge Kile; Gramstad, Eirik; Ould-Saada, Farid; Pajchel, Katarina; Pedersen, Maiken; Read, Alexander Lincoln; Røhne, Ole Myren; Smestad, Lillian; Stapnes, Steinar; Strandlie, Are; Aad, Georges; Abajyan, Tatevik; Abbott, Brad; Abdallah, Jalal; Abdel Khalek, Samah; Abdinov, Ovsat Bahram oglu; Aben, Rosemarie; Abi, Babak; Abolins, Maris; AbouZeid, Hass; Abramowicz, Halina; Acerbi, Emilio; Adamczyk, Leszek; Adelman, Jareed; Adomeit, Stefanie; Adye, Tim; Agatonovic-Jovin, Tatjana; Aguilar Saavedra, Juan Antonio; Agustoni, Marco; Ahlen, Steven; Ahmad, Aharrouche; Aielli, Giulio; Åkesson, Torsten P.A.; Akimoto, Ginga; Akimov, Andrei; ATLAS, Collaboration
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The differential cross section for the process Z/γ ∗ → ℓℓ (ℓ = e, μ) as a function of dilepton invariant mass is measured in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV at the LHC using the ATLAS detector. The measurement is performed in the e and μ channels for invariant masses between 26 GeV and 66 GeV using an integrated luminosity of 1.6 fb⎺¹ collected in 2011 and these measurements are combined. The analysis is extended to invariant masses as low as 12 GeV in the muon channel using 35 pb⎺¹ of data collected in 2010. The cross sections are determined within fiducial acceptance regions and corrections to extrapolate the measurements to the full kinematic range are provided. Next-to-next-to-leading-order QCD predictions provide a significantly better description of the results than next-to-leading-order QCD calculations, unless the latter are matched to a parton shower calculation.