Measurement of the transverse momentum distribution of Drell–Yan lepton pairs in proton–proton collisions at s√=13TeV with the ATLAS detector

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This paper describes precision measurements of the transverse momentum pℓℓT (ℓ=e,μ) and of the angular variable ϕ∗η distributions of Drell–Yan lepton pairs in a mass range of 66–116 GeV. The analysis uses data from 36.1 fb−1 of proton–proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of s√=13TeV collected by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC in 2015 and 2016. Measurements in electron-pair and muon-pair final states are performed in the same fiducial volumes, corrected for detector effects, and combined. Compared to previous measurements in proton–proton collisions at s√=7 and 8TeV, these new measurements probe perturbative QCD at a higher centre-of-mass energy with a different composition of initial states. They reach a precision of 0.2% for the normalized spectra at low values of pℓℓT. The data are compared with different QCD predictions, where it is found that predictions based on resummation approaches can describe the full spectrum within uncertainties.

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39 pages in total, author list starting page 23, 6 figures, 4 tables, to be submitted to Eur. Phys. J. C. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at


Original languageEnglish
Article number616
Number of pages28
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Early online date10 Jul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jul 2020


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