University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Elementary Particle Physics Seminar

Wednesday, November 8th 2017
Speaker: Zachary Lesko, University of Minnesota
Subject: Using The Drell–Yan process to test accuracy of simulated data sets.

Measurement of the transverse momentum (Qt) of the Z boson is useful for testing the accuracy of simulation software. The hadronization step, which simulates the QCD results of a proton proton collision, is a major potential beneficiary of this study . A highly accurate hadronization is vital for finding the mass of the other weak force carrier, the W boson. However the measurement of the Z's Qt is inaccurate at low values. I will discuss the use of the variable φ∗ which has a high correlation with the Qt of the Z boson

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