Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Physics

First Advisor's Name

Pete Markowitz

First Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Stephan Linn

Third Advisor's Name

Jorge Rodriguez

Fourth Advisor's Name

Joerg Reinhold

Fifth Advisor's Name

Masoud Sadjadi

Keywords

QCD, Vector Boson, LHC, CMS

Date of Defense

11-7-2011

Abstract

For the first time, the Z0 boson angular distribution in the center-of-momentum frame is measured in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(S) = 7 TeV at the CERN LHC. The data sample, recorded with the CMS detector, corresponds to an integrated luminosity of approximately 36 pb-1. Events in which there is a Z0 and at least one jet, with a jet transverse momentum threshold of 20 GeV and absolute jet rapidity less than 2.4, are selected for the analysis. Only the Z0’s muon decay channel is studied. Within experimental and theoretical uncertainties, the measured angular distribution is in agreement with next-to-leading order perturbative QCD predictions.

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