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Particles and Fields
Eur. Phys. J. C 14, 133-145
DOI 10.1007/s100520000324

Parton distributions and the LHC: W and Zproduction

A. D. Martin1 - R. G. Roberts2 - W. J. Stirling1,3 - R. S. Thorne4

1 Department of Physics, University of Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK
2 Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0QX, UK
3 Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK
4 Jesus College, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3DW, UK

Received: 23 November 1999 / Published online: 6 April 2000 - © Springer-Verlag 2000

Abstract
W and Z bosons will be produced copiously at the LHC proton-proton collider. We study the parton distribution dependence of the total production cross sections and rapidity distributions, paying particular attention to the uncertainties arising from uncertainties in the parton distributions themselves. Variations in the gluon, the strong coupling, the sea quarks and the overall normalisation are shown to lead to small but non-negligible variations in the cross section predictions. Ultimately, therefore, the measurement of these cross sections will provide a powerful cross check on our knowledge of parton distributions and their evolution.


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