CERN-PH-EP-2011-133Measurement of the cross-section for b-jets produced in association with a Z boson at \sqrt{s}=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector

Cern-Ph-Ep-2011-133 Measurement of the cross-section for -jets produced in association with a boson at  TeV with the ATLAS detector

The ATLAS Collaboration

A measurement is presented of the inclusive cross-section for -jet production in association with a boson in collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of  TeV. The analysis uses the data sample collected by the ATLAS experiment in 2010, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of approximately 36 pb. The event selection requires a boson decaying into high electrons or muons, and at least one -jet, identified by its displaced vertex, with transverse momentum and rapidity . After subtraction of background processes, the yield is extracted from the vertex mass distribution of the candidate -jets. The ratio of this cross-section to the inclusive cross-section (the average number of -jets per event) is also measured. Both results are found to be in good agreement with perturbative QCD predictions at next-to-leading order.

Standard Model, Z boson, b-jet, Cross-section
journal: Physics Letters B

1 Introduction

The production of bosons in association with jets at hadron colliders has long been used as a testing ground for perturbative QCD (pQCD) calculations. However, whilst substantial progress has been made in understanding and modelling the production of inclusive jets in events, the production of heavy flavour ( or ) jets is less well studied. The production of one or more -jets in association with a boson is a significant background to many important searches at the LHC, such as the Standard Model Higgs search, SUSY searches and searches for other physics beyond the Standard Model. A measurement of plus -jets production therefore directly improves the understanding of this process, and consequently the ability to accurately model this background.

Figure 1 shows the main diagrams that contribute to production. The top two diagrams have an initial state -quark, whereas in the bottom two diagrams, a  pair is explicitly produced in the final state. The ALPGEN Mangano et al. (2003) and SHERPA Gleisberg et al. (2009) Monte-Carlo (MC) generators implement leading order (LO) calculations of this process using massive -quarks. For the amplitudes with initial -quarks, ALPGEN first creates a  pair from the distribution of gluons, and integrates over the whole phase space for these quarks. SHERPA, in the present implementation, draws a -quark from a Parton Density Function (PDF) derived from the gluon distribution. These generators are interfaced to parton shower and hadronisation packages and provide direct comparison to the data. In addition to the diagrams in Fig. 1, it is also possible that the boson and -jets are produced in two different parton-parton collisions in the same proton-proton interaction. This process, referred to as multiple parton interaction (MPI), is included in the ALPGEN and SHERPA generators. In contrast, the MCFM programme Campbell and Ellis (2010) implements next-to-leading order (NLO) calculations Campbell et al. (2004) using massless -quarks, with initial -quarks taken from a -PDF. MCFM is not interfaced to parton shower/hadronisation packages, and does not include MPI. Calculations of the process at NLO continue to be an active area of development Campbell and Ellis (2000); Campbell et al. (2004, 2006); Cordero et al. (2009); Frederix et al. (2011).

Previous measurements of production at lower centre-of-mass energy  collisions at the Fermilab Tevatron collider by the CDF and D0 collaborations CDF Collaboration (2009); D0 Collaboration (2011) are consistent with pQCD calculations. In this Letter we present a measurement of the inclusive cross-section for -jet production in association with a boson, . The measurement is made at the particle-level, and is fully corrected for all detector effects. A -jet is defined here as a jet which contains a -hadron. Here and in the following, stands for both the boson and virtual photon contributions. The boson is identified by its decay into a pair of high transverse momentum, opposite sign electrons (electron channel) or muons (muon channel), and the and -jets are reconstructed within the allowed fiducial coverage of the detector. The cross-section is quoted per lepton channel, within this fiducial coverage. A closely related measurement has been performed, using very similar techniques, in the final state ATLAS Collaboration (2011).

Figure 1: Main diagrams for associated production of a boson and one or more -jets.

2 The ATLAS Detector

The ATLAS detector ATLAS Collaboration (2008) consists of an inner tracking system surrounded by a thin superconducting solenoid providing a 2 T axial magnetic field, electromagnetic and hadronic calorimeters and a muon spectrometer. The inner detector system provides tracking information for charged particles in a pseudorapidity range  111The azimuthal angle is measured around the beam axis and the polar angle is the angle from the beam axis. The pseudorapidity is defined as . The distance in space is defined as .. At small radii, high granularity silicon pixel and microstrip detectors allow for the reconstruction of secondary decay vertices. The electromagnetic calorimeter uses lead absorbers and liquid argon as the active material and covers the rapidity range  , with high longitudinal and transverse granularity for electromagnetic shower reconstruction. For electron detection the transition region between the barrel and end-cap calorimeters,   , is not considered in this analysis. The hadronic tile calorimeter is a steel/scintillating-tile detector that extends the instrumented depth of the calorimeter to fully contain hadronic particle showers. In the forward regions it is complemented by two end-cap calorimeters using liquid argon as the active material and copper or tungsten as the absorber material. The muon spectrometer comprises three large air-core superconducting toroidal magnets which provide a typical field integral of 3 Tm. Three stations of chambers provide precise tracking information in the range  , and triggers for high momentum muons in the range  . The transverse energy is defined to be , where is the energy associated with a calorimeter cell or energy cluster. Similarly, is the momentum component transverse to the beam line.

3 Collision data and simulated samples

3.1 Collision data

The analysis presented here is performed on data from collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 7 TeV recorded by ATLAS in 2010 in stable beams periods and uses data selected for good detector performance. The events were selected online by requiring at least one electron or muon with high transverse momentum, . The trigger thresholds evolved with time to keep up with the increasing instantaneous luminosity delivered by the LHC. The highest thresholds applied in the last data taking period were   GeV for electrons and for muons. The integrated luminosity after beam, detector and data-quality requirements is  pb( pb) for events collected with the electron (muon) trigger, measured with a relative error ATLAS Collaboration (2011a, b).

3.2 Simulated events

The measurements will be compared to theoretical predictions of the Standard Model, using Monte-Carlo samples of signal and background processes. The detector response to the generated events is fully simulated with GEANT4 Agostinelli et al. (2003).

Samples of signal events containing a boson decaying into electrons or muons and at least one -jet have been simulated using the ALPGEN, SHERPA, and MCFM generators, using the CTEQ6.6 PDF set Nadolsky et al. (2008). All three generators include interference terms. The ALPGEN generator is interfaced to HERWIG Corcella et al. (2001) for parton shower and fragmentation, and JIMMY for the underlying event simulation Butterworth et al. (1996). For jets originating from the hadronisation of light quarks or gluons (hereafter referred to as -jets), the LO generator ALPGEN uses MLM matching Hoeche et al. (2006) to remove any double counting of identical jets produced via the matrix element and parton shower, but this is not available for -jets in the present version. Therefore events containing two -quarks with () coming from the matrix element (parton shower) contribution are removed. SHERPA uses the CKKW Catani et al. (2001) matching for the same purpose. The MCFM NLO generator lacks an interface to a parton shower and fragmentation package, hence to compare with the data we apply correction factors describing the parton-to-particle correspondence, obtained from particle-level LO simulations. For all Monte-Carlo events, the cross-section is normalised by rescaling the inclusive cross-section of the relevant generator to the NNLO cross-section Anastasiou et al. (2004).

The dominant background comes from + jets events, with the decaying into electrons, muons or tau leptons, where one jet is a or -jet which has been incorrectly tagged as a -jet. These events are simulated using the same generators as the signal. Other background processes considered include  pair production simulated by MC@NLO Frixione and Webber (2002); Frixione et al. (2003), + jets simulated by PYTHIA Sjostrand et al. (2006), // simulated by ALPGEN, and single-top production simulated by MC@NLO. The cross-sections for these processes have been normalised to the predictions of Moch and Uwer (2008); Langenfeld et al. (2009) (approximate NNLO) for  pair production, Anastasiou et al. (2004) (NNLO) for + jets, Campbell and Ellis (2010) (NLO) for //, and the MC@NLO value for single-top.

Events have been generated with the number of collision vertices drawn from a Poisson distribution with an average of 2.0 vertices per event. Simulated events are then reweighted to match the observed vertex distribution in the data.

4 Reconstruction and selection of candidates

Events are required to contain one primary vertex with at least three high-quality charged tracks. As the final state should contain a boson, the selection of events closely follows the selection criteria used by ATLAS for the inclusive analysis ATLAS Collaboration (2010). In the channel, two opposite sign electron candidates are required with and . Electron candidates are reconstructed from a cluster of cells in the electromagnetic calorimeter and a charged particle track in the inner detector. Criteria are applied on the longitudinal and transverse shower shapes in the calorimeters and on the matching of the track with the cell cluster, requesting a Medium ATLAS Collaboration (2010) electron quality. Similarly in the channel, two opposite sign muons are required with and . Muon candidates are reconstructed from a track in the muon spectrometer associated with a track in the inner detector. To reject cosmic rays the track is required to be compatible with coming from the primary vertex of the collision under study. In addition, an isolation criterion is applied requiring that the summed of tracks in a cone around the muon candidate be less than 10% of the muon . For both channels, the invariant mass of the lepton pair is then required to be GeV. This window is chosen to be narrower than that used in the inclusive analysis in order to reduce the background from  events, and multi-jet events where jets are mis-identified as leptons, either due to a high electromagnetic content in the shower, or mis-reconstruction.

Jets are reconstructed from clusters of electromagnetic and hadronic calorimeter cells using an anti- Cacciari et al. (2008) algorithm with a resolution parameter of . A jet calibration procedure is applied which includes an energy offset which depends on the number of primary vertices, in order to minimise the impact of additional (pile-up) collisions ATLAS Collaboration (2011). The -jets do not receive any additional calibration, thus their difference in jet energy scale with respect to -jets (2.5% in simulated events) is treated as a systematic uncertainty, discussed in Section 6.2. To avoid double-counting electrons and muons as jets, jets with to either of the leptons coming from the pair are removed. Events are selected requiring at least one jet with   GeV and .

A jet is considered as -tagged if the SV0 algorithm ATLAS Collaboration (2010) reconstructs a secondary vertex from charged particle tracks contained within the jet and the decay length significance of this secondary vertex is greater than 5.85. This requirement provides 50% efficiency for tagging -jets in simulated  events ATLAS Collaboration (2011). In addition, the invariant mass of the charged particle tracks from which the secondary vertex is reconstructed – the SV0-mass – will be used to extract the -jet fraction on a statistical basis. Table 1 gives the number of data events selected by the consecutive stages of the analysis.

Electron channel Muon channel
Criterion Events Criterion Events
2 selected electrons 10558 2 selected muons 13691
mass window 9230 mass window 12222
jet 1597 jet 1987
-tag 64 -tag 67
-tag 62 -tag 63
-tag 1 -tag 4
-tag 1 -tag 0
Table 1: The number of events selected at various stages of the analysis event selection.

5 Background subtraction and signal yield determination

5.1 Background estimation

The main background of + -jets and + -jets is taken into account via the signal yield extraction procedure described below. However, a number of other background processes can contribute, namely with two leptonic decays of the bosons, + jets with one jet being mis-identified as an electron or muon, + jets with the boson decaying to , dibosons //, single-top production, and finally multi-jet production where the jets contain real leptons from heavy flavour decays or are mis-identified as leptons. The background processes other than that from multi-jets are estimated from the MC simulation samples described in Section 3.2, resulting in the following contributions to each channel after implementation of the analysis jet selection criteria:  ( tagged jets), (), (), single-top (), and (). In Fig. 2, the top two frames show the di-lepton mass distribution for events with at least one jet with   GeV and   for the electron and muon channels, together with the simulation broken down into signal and background processes, not including the multi-jet background. In the same figure, the bottom two frames show the same distribution after requesting at least one jet that is -tagged by the SV0 algorithm.

Figure 2: Top frames: Di-lepton mass distribution for events with at least one jet with and , for the electron (left) and muon (right) channels. Bottom frames: Di-lepton mass distribution for events with at least one -tagged jet with and , for the electron (left) and muon (right) channels. The contribution estimated from the simulated MC samples of the signal and various background processes is shown. The small multi-jet background, estimated with a data-driven method, is not shown here (see text).

The multi-jet background cannot be extracted reliably from simulation, and hence is estimated using data-driven methods. In the electron channel, the method considers two different samples of electron candidates with relaxed selection criteria. In the first sample the selection criteria on one of the electrons are significantly relaxed, while in the second sample, the criteria on both electrons are mildly relaxed but Medium electrons are vetoed. In these samples, the di-electron mass spectrum is fitted with two components: the contribution of the signal and other background processes modelled by the simulated MC samples (with relative signal/background normalisation fixed by the MC predictions), and an exponential function which was found to model the multi-jet contribution well. The fit parameters are the normalisation of the MC component, and the normalisation and exponent of the multi-jet exponential. To determine the multi-jet background the fit is repeated, but this time using the di-electron spectrum of events passing the full analysis selection, and again allowing the normalisation of the MC component and multi-jet background to float, but fixing the exponent of the multi-jet exponential to the value determined from the relaxed selection samples. The extracted exponents are similar for the two samples of relaxed electron candidates, leading to the same estimated contribution of multi-jet events: events in the mass window GeV. In the muon channel the method considers a sample of events similar to the signal but with non-isolated muon candidates, which has been shown to be dominated by the multi-jet background. The multi-jet background contribution to the signal is then estimated assuming that the ratio of the number of events with isolated muons to that with non-isolated muons is the same in the data as in the simulated multi-jet MC sample, and amounts to events.

5.2 Signal yield

Figure 3: SV0-mass distribution (see text) for -tagged jets in the selected events. The fitted contributions from , , and -jets are displayed; the other background processes are also shown.
Other backgrounds (fixed)
Table 2: Number of jets for the various flavors in the combined electron and muon channel, determined from the fit to the SV0-mass distribution. The statistical errors on the fit results are given.

The jets that are -tagged by the SV0 algorithm still contain and -jets. The yield of -jets is thus calculated on a statistical basis, by fitting the expected contributions to the SV0-mass distribution. For the electron and muon channels, templates are obtained from the simulation for the SV0-mass spectrum of each contribution: signal + -jets, + jets, + -jets, and all other background processes (, multi-jet, single-top, + jets, and diboson). As the templates for the electron and muon channels are compatible, these channels are treated together and both types of events are entered into one SV0-mass distribution. This spectrum is subjected to a likelihood fit, consisting of a sum containing the fixed contributions of the other background processes and a floating amount of + , + , and + -jets. In order to validate the fit procedure, we performed fit closure and linearity tests using pseudo-experiments. In each pseudo-experiment, SV0-mass distributions are constructed using the templates with the same number of events as in the data and varying proportions of the -jet template, then the fit procedure is performed. The results demonstrated good linearity and no bias. Figure 3 shows the SV0-mass spectrum of -jet candidates with the fitted contributions, and Table 2 gives the corresponding number of jets. The purity of the -tagged sample is therefore found to be about 46% with this selection.

6 Cross-section measurement and comparison to theory

6.1 Unfolding to the particle level

The particle-level cross-section, , is defined as follows. The fiducial restrictions on the decay are defined as lepton and , and di-lepton mass pair within the range . In this definition, “dressed” leptons are used to reconstruct the Butterworth et al. (2010) : the four-vectors of all photons in a cone of around the lepton are added to the lepton four-vector. Jets are reconstructed from stable particles (particles with lifetime in excess of 10 ps) using the anti- algorithm with resolution parameter of , and include muons and neutrinos. Jets are required to satisfy and , and jets within of either of the decay leptons are removed. At particle-level, a jet is considered to be a -jet if there is a -hadron with within of that jet, and only weakly-decaying -hadrons are considered.

The per lepton channel cross-section is obtained from the experimental measurements using the following formula:

where is the number of -jets extracted from the fit to the SV0-mass distribution of -tagged jets (given in Table 2), and are the acceptance factors for the electron and muon channels respectively, and and are the respective integrated luminosities for each channel.

The and acceptance factors are determined from the simulated MC samples of the signal process, and correspond to the probability that a particle-level -jet in a event as defined above passes all of the jet and event selection criteria at the detector-level. They thus include the efficiency for a signal event to pass the triggers used, the efficiency to reconstruct electrons or muons, and the efficiency of the SV0 algorithm to tag -jets. The efficiencies of the electron and muon high triggers have been studied with data, and for signal events in the acceptance defined above the trigger efficiency is found to be in excess of 99% for both electron and muon channels. In the determination of the lepton and -tagging efficiencies, scale factors to account for mis-modelling by the simulation are applied. In the case of electron and muon reconstruction, these scale factors are determined using inclusive and events in data ATLAS Collaboration (2010, 2011), and are found to be close to unity at the few percent level. For the SV0 -tagging efficiency, the scale factors have been determined as a function of jet  and using data events where the jet contains a reconstructed muon to enrich the component ATLAS Collaboration (2011), and are found to be consistent with unity. The uncertainty related to these scale factors is propagated into the final uncertainty on the cross-section.

6.2 Systematic uncertainties

The systematic uncertainties on the measured fiducial -jet cross-section are summarised in Table 3. A systematic source can impact the measurement in two ways: it can affect the SV0-mass template shapes and hence the fitted , and/or it can affect the calculated acceptance factors ( and/or ). Where a systematic affects both the fit result and the acceptance the corresponding correlations have been taken into account.

The dominant source of systematic uncertainty comes from the dependence of the measurement on the modelling of the signal process in the simulation. The calculated acceptance factors and SV0-mass template shapes both depend on the assumed -jet  spectrum. The sensitivity to the  spectrum modelling in simulation is assessed by reweighting the  spectrum of the simulation until a satisfactory agreement with data in the  spectrum of -tagged jets was observed. The resulting uncertainty is considerably larger than any differences observed between ALPGEN and SHERPA in the SV0-mass fit results and acceptance factors. In addition, we ascribe a small uncertainty due to the modelling of MPI in the signal simulation, assessed by artificially doubling the contribution of MPI events in the acceptance calculation.

In terms of the reconstruction of -jets, the main systematics enter via the uncertainty on the -tagging efficiency scale factors, and uncertainty on the jet energy scale (JES). The uncertainty on the -tagging scale factors is estimated from studies of inclusive -jets and semi-leptonic decays ATLAS Collaboration (2011). The JES was studied extensively for inclusive jets using simulations, single hadron test-beam data and -jet events ATLAS Collaboration (2011). Its uncertainty was demonstrated to be below in the range considered here. In simulation, the JES for -jets was found to differ from that of jets by at most . The present statistics do not allow us to calibrate this difference from the data, hence an additional is added in quadrature to the JES uncertainty of -jets. The jet energy resolution was also considered and the uncertainty taken as that derived from jets. One also has to consider that the detector simulation may not perfectly model the response to the SV0-mass distribution for , , and -jets. This uncertainty is estimated using control samples of inclusive jet events that are enriched in heavy and light flavour jets, and used to derive reweighting functions that can be applied to the SV0-mass templates to account for data-simulation disagreements.

The impact of uncertainties in the background estimation are small. The  background is estimated purely from simulation, and the normalisation of this background is varied according to the uncertainty on the NNLO  cross-section. The multi-jet backgrounds in both the electron and muon channel are varied according to the uncertainties on these estimates described above.

Other smaller sources of systematic uncertainty considered include uncertainties on lepton reconstruction: the efficiency to reconstruct, and the energy/momentum scale and resolution. The estimation follows closely that of the inclusive analysis ATLAS Collaboration (2010), with the same methods applied to simulated event samples. The uncertainties on the electromagnetic energy scale, and on the muon momentum scale and resolution, all have a negligible () impact.

Source SV0-mass Fit (%) Acceptance (%)
Both Electron and Muon
-tagging efficiency 1.7 9.1
SV0-mass templates 3.5 -
Model dependence 2.7 10.0
Jet energy scale 0.7 4.0
cross-section 2.0 -
MPI model negl. 1.0
Electron only
MC statistics negl. 1.3
Multi-jet background 1.6 -
Electron efficiency negl. 5.0
Total Electron 5.6 15.0
Muon only
MC statistics negl. 1.3
Multi-jet background 0.7 -
Muon efficiency negl. 2.0
Total Muon 5.4 14.3
Total Systematic +21% -16%
Table 3: Fractional systematic uncertainties on the SV0-mass fit and acceptance results from each systematic source considered. Sources for which the shift is labelled “negl.” produced effects of less than 1% which are negligible when added in quadrature (and not considered). When relevant, asymmetric errors are used for the calculation of the total, but only the average error is shown for better readability. The “Total Systematic Uncertainty” result is the total percentage error on the combined channel -jet cross-section, and takes into account the correlations between SV0-mass fit and acceptance systematics.

6.3 Results and comparison to theory

The measured cross-section for -jets produced in association with a boson decaying into one of the lepton channels is presented in Table 4, alongside values evaluated in the different models presented in the introduction. The MCFM NLO prediction is shown for the CTEQ6.6 PDF, with the renormalisation and factorisation scales taken as . In contrast to ALPGEN and SHERPA, MCFM does not simulate QED final state radiation (FSR) nor non-perturbative hadronic effects. Correction factors are computed for lepton FSR, parton/jet correspondence, underlying event and MPI contribution, using events from particle-level LO simulations. The correction factor for non-perturbative hadronic effects is obtained by comparing particle-level results to parton-level, where parton-level jets are matched to quarks. This is calculated using SHERPA, PYTHIA and AcerMC Kersevan and Richter-Was (2004), with the spread of these results defining the range of the correction, which is found to be . The correction is dominated by the impact of -hadron decay products falling outside the jet at the particle-level. The correction factor for lepton FSR is similarly found to be for both lepton types, dominated by dilepton pairs migrating out of the required mass window.

In order to estimate theoretical uncertainties on the prediction, the renormalisation and factorisation scales are independently shifted up, then down, by a factor of 2. The uncertainties arising from the different PDF error sets are also assessed, as well as using the CTEQ6.6 PDF with different values of . The raw MCFM prediction for the cross-section in the fiducial region is 4.48 (scale) (PDF) () pb. For comparison, the prediction obtained using the MSTW2008 PDF Martin et al. (2009) is (scale) (PDF) pb. The CTEQ6.6 and MSTW2008 PDFs use different default values for (propagated consistently through the NLO calculation), and, taking into account their combined PDF and uncertainties, there is a marginal disagreement between the two predictions. However, given the precision of the experimental measurement, we cannot conclude that one PDF better reproduces the experimental result than the other. We quote the prediction using the CTEQ6.6 PDF by default, and the uncertainty quoted in Table 4 for the corrected result corresponds to the quadratic sum of the uncertainties on the scale, PDF, , and the uncertainty on the non-perturbative correction. The ALPGEN and SHERPA predictions are also shown, with errors from the MC statistics only.

Experiment pb
Table 4: Experimental measurement and predictions of , the cross-section for inclusive -jet production in association with a boson, per lepton channel, as defined in the text.

6.4 Measurement of the average number of -jets per event

Simulation packages such as ALPGEN and SHERPA are based on LO calculations and thus are not expected to accurately predict an absolute cross-section for the process studied here. However, they are often used to generate fully simulated events for the study of backgrounds to the search of other processes, as mentioned in the introduction. A current practice is then to normalise the cross-section of generated events to that of a well known, more inclusive process. In this approach, the analysis presented here is extended to measure the ratio of to that of the cross-section for the inclusive production of the boson (for the same fiducial restrictions on the decay), i.e. the average number of -jets per event. To obtain the inclusive sample, the analysis is repeated with the same selection as above, except the jet requirements. The cross-section obtained for the inclusive production with the same fiducial region for the leptons is pb (statistical error only), in agreement with the ATLAS measurement ATLAS Collaboration (2011). The systematic uncertainties on the ratio are propagated coherently in the and selections. The uncertainties related to leptons cancel to a negligible level, and those related to luminosity cancel completely. However as the main systematic uncertainties concern only the analysis (-tagging, model dependence, jet energy scale), the overall systematic uncertainty is only marginally reduced.

The MCFM prediction of this ratio is calculated with the same method and assumptions as above. To estimate the systematic uncertainty, the scale and PDF choices are varied coherently between the and inclusive samples for each sub-process simulated. Table 5 shows the experimentally measured result for the average number of -jets per event and comparisons to the theoretical predictions. The MCFM NLO prediction is in agreement with the data. The ALPGEN and SHERPA predictions differ significantly from each other, but are both compatible with the data within the experimental uncertainties.

Table 5: Experimental measurement and predictions of the average number of -jets produced in association with a boson, with the same fiducial region as defined in the text for .

7 Conclusions

A first measurement is made of the cross-section for the production of -jets in association with a boson in proton-proton collisions at TeV, using   of data collected in 2010 by the ATLAS experiment. In addition, the average number of -jets per event is extracted. Both measurements are currently statistics limited. The predictions from NLO pQCD calculations agree well with both results. Leading order generators are able to reproduce the measured average number of -jets per event within the uncertainties of the measurement, although their predictions differ significantly from each other.


We thank CERN for the very successful operation of the LHC, as well as the support staff from our institutions without whom ATLAS could not be operated efficiently.

We acknowledge the support of ANPCyT, Argentina; YerPhI, Armenia; ARC, Australia; BMWF, Austria; ANAS, Azerbaijan; SSTC, Belarus; CNPq and FAPESP, Brazil; NSERC, NRC and CFI, Canada; CERN; CONICYT, Chile; CAS, MOST and NSFC, China; COLCIENCIAS, Colombia; MSMT CR, MPO CR and VSC CR, Czech Republic; DNRF, DNSRC and Lundbeck Foundation, Denmark; ARTEMIS, European Union; IN2P3-CNRS, CEA-DSM/IRFU, France; GNAS, Georgia; BMBF, DFG, HGF, MPG and AvH Foundation, Germany; GSRT, Greece; ISF, MINERVA, GIF, DIP and Benoziyo Center, Israel; INFN, Italy; MEXT and JSPS, Japan; CNRST, Morocco; FOM and NWO, Netherlands; RCN, Norway; MNiSW, Poland; GRICES and FCT, Portugal; MERYS (MECTS), Romania; MES of Russia and ROSATOM, Russian Federation; JINR; MSTD, Serbia; MSSR, Slovakia; ARRS and MVZT, Slovenia; DST/NRF, South Africa; MICINN, Spain; SRC and Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden; SER, SNSF and Cantons of Bern and Geneva, Switzerland; NSC, Taiwan; TAEK, Turkey; STFC, the Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust, United Kingdom; DOE and NSF, United States of America.

The crucial computing support from all WLCG partners is acknowledged gratefully, in particular from CERN and the ATLAS Tier-1 facilities at TRIUMF (Canada), NDGF (Denmark, Norway, Sweden), CC-IN2P3 (France), KIT/GridKA (Germany), INFN-CNAF (Italy), NL-T1 (Netherlands), PIC (Spain), ASGC (Taiwan), RAL (UK) and BNL (USA) and in the Tier-2 facilities worldwide.


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The ATLAS Collaboration

G. Aad, B. Abbott, J. Abdallah, A.A. Abdelalim, A. Abdesselam, O. Abdinov, B. Abi, M. Abolins, H. Abramowicz, H. Abreu, E. Acerbi, B.S. Acharya, D.L. Adams, T.N. Addy, J. Adelman, M. Aderholz, S. Adomeit, P. Adragna, T. Adye, S. Aefsky, J.A. Aguilar-Saavedra, M. Aharrouche, S.P. Ahlen, F. Ahles, A. Ahmad, M. Ahsan, G. Aielli, T. Akdogan, T.P.A. Åkesson, G. Akimoto, A.V. Akimov , A. Akiyama, M.S. Alam, M.A. Alam, J. Albert, S. Albrand, M. Aleksa, I.N. Aleksandrov, F. Alessandria, C. Alexa, G. Alexander, G. Alexandre, T. Alexopoulos, M. Alhroob, M. Aliev, G. Alimonti, J. Alison, M. Aliyev, P.P. Allport, S.E. Allwood-Spiers, J. Almond, A. Aloisio, R. Alon, A. Alonso, M.G. Alviggi, K. Amako, P. Amaral, C. Amelung, V.V. Ammosov, A. Amorim, G. Amorós, N. Amram, C. Anastopoulos, L.S. Ancu, N. Andari, T. Andeen, C.F. Anders, G. Anders, K.J. Anderson, A. Andreazza, V. Andrei, M-L. Andrieux, X.S. Anduaga, A. Angerami, F. Anghinolfi, N. Anjos, A. Annovi, A. Antonaki, M. Antonelli, A. Antonov, J. Antos, F. Anulli, S. Aoun, L. Aperio Bella, R. Apolle, G. Arabidze, I. Aracena, Y. Arai, A.T.H. Arce, J.P. Archambault, S. Arfaoui, J-F. Arguin, E. Arik, M. Arik, A.J. Armbruster, O. Arnaez, C. Arnault, A. Artamonov, G. Artoni, D. Arutinov, S. Asai, R. Asfandiyarov, S. Ask, B. Åsman, L. Asquith, K. Assamagan, A. Astbury, A. Astvatsatourov, G. Atoian, B. Aubert, E. Auge, K. Augsten, M. Aurousseau, N. Austin, G. Avolio, R. Avramidou, D. Axen, C. Ay, G. Azuelos, Y. Azuma, M.A. Baak, G. Baccaglioni, C. Bacci, A.M. Bach, H. Bachacou, K. Bachas, G. Bachy, M. Backes, M. Backhaus, E. Badescu, P. Bagnaia, S. Bahinipati, Y. Bai, D.C. Bailey, T. Bain, J.T. Baines, O.K. Baker, M.D. Baker, S. Baker, E. Banas, P. Banerjee, Sw. Banerjee, D. Banfi, A. Bangert, V. Bansal, H.S. Bansil, L. Barak, S.P. Baranov, A. Barashkou, A. Barbaro Galtieri, T. Barber, E.L. Barberio, D. Barberis, M. Barbero, D.Y. Bardin, T. Barillari, M. Barisonzi, T. Barklow, N. Barlow, B.M. Barnett, R.M. Barnett, A. Baroncelli, G. Barone, A.J. Barr, F. Barreiro, J. Barreiro Guimarães da Costa, P. Barrillon, R. Bartoldus, A.E. Barton, D. Bartsch, V. Bartsch, R.L. Bates, L. Batkova, J.R. Batley, A. Battaglia, M. Battistin, G. Battistoni, F. Bauer, H.S. Bawa, B. Beare, T. Beau, P.H. Beauchemin, R. Beccherle, P. Bechtle, H.P. Beck, M. Beckingham, K.H. Becks, A.J. Beddall, A. Beddall, S. Bedikian, V.A. Bednyakov, C.P. Bee, M. Begel, S. Behar Harpaz, P.K. Behera, M. Beimforde, C. Belanger-Champagne, P.J. Bell, W.H. Bell, G. Bella, L. Bellagamba, F. Bellina, M. Bellomo, A. Belloni, O. Beloborodova, K. Belotskiy, O. Beltramello, S. Ben Ami, O. Benary, D. Benchekroun, C. Benchouk, M. Bendel, N. Benekos, Y. Benhammou, D.P. Benjamin, M. Benoit, J.R. Bensinger, K. Benslama, S. Bentvelsen, D. Berge, E. Bergeaas Kuutmann, N. Berger, F. Berghaus, E. Berglund, J. Beringer, K. Bernardet, P. Bernat, R. Bernhard, C. Bernius, T. Berry, A. Bertin, F. Bertinelli, F. Bertolucci, M.I. Besana, N. Besson, S. Bethke, W. Bhimji, 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