Measurement of charged and neutral current cross sections in electron-proton collisions at high Q²

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The inclusive e(-)p single and double differential cross sections for neutral and charged current processes are measured with the H1 detector at HERA, in the range of four-momentum transfer squared Q(2) between 150 and 30 000 GeV2, and Bjorken x between 0.002 and 0.65. The data were taken in 1998 and 1999 with a centre-of-mass energy of 320 GeV and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 16.4 pb(-1) The data are compared with recent measurements of the inclusive neutral and charged current e(+)p cross sections. For Q(2) > 1000 GeV2 clear evidence is observed for an asymmetry between e(+)p and e(-)p neutral current scattering and the generalised structure functions x (F) over tilde (3) is extracted for the first time at HERA. A fit to the charged current data is used to extract a value for the W boson propagator mass. The data are found to be in good agreement with Standard Model predictions.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-288
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2001