Measurement of the Muon Reconstruction Performance of the ATLAS Detector using 2011 and 2012 LHC Proton−Proton Collision Data


This paper presents the performance of the ATLAS muon reconstruction during the LHC run with pp collisions at √s = 7 -8 TeV in 2011-2012, focusing mainly on data collected in 2012. Measurements of the reconstruction efficiency and of the momentum scale and resolution, based on large reference samples of J/ψ → μμ , Z → μμ and Υ → μμ decays, are presented and compared to Monte Carlo simulations. Corrections to the simulation, to be used in physics analysis, are provided. Over most of the covered phase space (muon |η| < 2.7 and 5 ≲ pT ≲ 100 GeV) the efficiency is above 99% and is measured with per-mille precision. The momentum resolution ranges from 1.7% at central rapidity and for transverse momentum pT≃10 GeV, to 4% at large rapidity and pT≃100 GeV. The momentum scale is known with an uncertainty of 0.05% to 0.2% depending on rapidity. A method for the recovery of final state radiation from the muons is also presented.



Momentum (Physics), Muons, Proton-proton interactions, J/psi mesons, Mass (Physics)


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