Rapidity correlations in W production at hadron colliders

U. Baur, S. Errede, G. Landsberg

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We study the correlation of photon and charged lepton pseudorapidities, () and (l), l=e, in pp(-)W+Xlp/T+X. In the standard model, the (,l)=()-(l) differential cross section is found to exhibit a pronounced dip at (,l)0.3 (=0) in pp(pp) collisions, which originates from the radiation zero present in qqW. The sensitivity of the (,l) distribution to higher order QCD corrections, nonstandard WW couplings, the W+ jet fake background, and the cuts imposed is explored. At hadron supercolliders, next-to-leading order QCD corrections are found to considerably obscure the radiation zero. The advantages of the (,l) distribution over other quantities which are sensitive to the radiation zero are discussed. We conclude that photon-lepton rapidity correlations at the Fermilab Tevatron offer a unique opportunity to search for the standard model radiation zero in hadronic W production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1917-1930
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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