Impact of high invariant-mass Drell-Yan forward-backward asymmetry measurements on SMEFT fits

Radja Boughezal, Yingsheng Huang, Frank Petriello

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We study the impact of LHC forward-backward asymmetry (AFB) measurements at high invariant mass in the Drell-Yan process on probes of semileptonic four-fermion operators in the Standard Model effective field theory (SMEFT). In particular, we study whether AFB measurements can resolve degeneracies in the Wilson coefficient parameter space that appear when considering invariant-mass and rapidity measurements alone. We perform detailed fits of the available high-energy and high-luminosity ATLAS and CMS data for both invariant-mass distributions and AFB. While each type of measurement separately exhibits degeneracies, combining them removes these blind spots in some cases. In other situations, it does not, highlighting the importance of incorporating future datasets from other experiments to fully explore this sector of the SMEFT. We investigate the impact of contributions quadratic in the Wilson coefficients on the description of Drell-Yan data and discuss when such terms are important in joint fits of the AFB and invariant-mass data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number076008
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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