Particle Physics in Birmingham

Particle Physics Seminar

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at 13:30
Poynting Small Lecture Theatre

(tea, coffee and biscuits served at 13:15)

Measurement of the W-Boson Mass with the ATLAS Detector

Nansi Andari (Birmingham University)


A first measurement of the W-boson mass at the LHC is presented based on about 4.6 fb-1 of proton–proton collision data recorded in 2011 at a centre-of-mass energy of 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector.  The measured value is 80370±19 MeV, consistent with the Standard Model prediction, with the combined values measured at the LEP and TeVatron colliders, and with the world average. The ATLAS result equals in precision the previous best measurement of the W mass, performed by the CDF collaboration. During the seminar, an overview of the analysis is given with a special emphasis on the evaluation of the experimental systematic uncertainties, as well as on the uncertainties due to the modelling of the vector boson production and decay.