The production of W±Z events in proton–proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV is measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The collected data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 3.2 fb−1. The W±Z candidates are reconstructed using leptonic decays of the gauge bosons into electrons or muons. The measured inclusive cross section in the detector fiducial region for leptonic decay modes is σW±Z→ℓ′νℓℓfid.=63.2±3.2(stat.)±2.6(sys.)±1.5(lumi.) fb. In comparison, the next-to-leading-order Standard Model prediction is 53.4−2.8+3.6 fb. The extrapolation of the measurement from the fiducial to the total phase space yields σW±Ztot.=50.6±2.6(stat.)±2.0(sys.)±0.9(th.)±1.2(lumi.) pb, in agreement with a recent next-to-next-to-leading-order calculation of 48.2−1.0+1.1 pb. The cross section as a function of jet multiplicity is also measured, together with the charge-dependent W+Z and W−Z cross sections and their ratio.

Measurement of the W±Z boson pair-production cross section in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

ALHROOB, Muhammad;COBAL, Marina;GIORDANI, Mario;Monzani, S.;