Measurements of the inclusive and differential production cross sections of a top-quark-antiquark pair in association with a Z boson at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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Measurements of both the inclusive and differential production cross sections of a top-quark–antiquark pair in association with a Z boson (tt̅Z) are presented. The measurements are performed by targeting final states with three or four isolated leptons (electrons or muons) and are based on √s = 13 TeV proton–proton collision data with an integrated luminosity of 139 fb−1, recorded from 2015 to 2018 with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The inclusive cross section is measured to be σtt̅Z=0.99±0.05 (stat.) ±0.08 (syst.) pb, in agreement with the most precise theoretical predictions. The differential measurements are presented as a function of a number of kinematic variables which probe the kinematics of the tt̅Z system. Both absolute and normalised differential cross-section measurements are performed at particle and parton levels for specific fiducial volumes and are compared with theoretical predictions at different levels of precision, based on a χ2/ndf and p value computation. Overall, good agreement is observed between the unfolded data and the predictions.

Bibliographic note

60 pages in total, author list starting page 44, 15 figures, 9 tables, published in EPJC, Eur. Phys. J. C 81 (2021) 737. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at


Original languageEnglish
Article number737
Number of pages43
JournalEur. Phys. J. C
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2021


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