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Production of Z boson - Cross Section

  1. Jun 8, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Calculate the ratio ##R = \frac{\sigma_{had}}{\sigma_{\mu+\mu-}}## for energy around ##10~GeV##.
    At sufficiently high energies, the ##e^+e^- \rightarrow \mu^+ \mu^-## reaction can proceed via the ##Z^0## boson. Assuming vertex factors for EM and weak interaction are the same, at what beam energy (below ##M_Z##) would the contribution to cross section from ##\gamma## be the same as the contribution from the ##Z^0## exchange?


    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    Since at around ##10~GeV##, production of u,d,s,c quarks are possible, ##R = 3 \times \left[ (\frac{1}{3})^2 + (\frac{2}{3})^2 + (\frac{1}{3})^2 + (\frac{2}{3})^2 + (\frac{1}{3})^2 \right] = \frac{11}{3}##.

    Since we can assume the vertex factor for EM and weak interaction to be the same, thus the cross-section for (##e+e \rightarrow \mu^+\mu^- ##) is the same for weak and EM. We have just calculated ##R = \frac{11}{3}##.

    Since cross-section grows as ##\sigma \sim E_{cm}^2##, total contribution from EM processes is ##\left(1 + \frac{11}{3}\right) E^2##. Contribution from ##Z^0## process is simply ##M_w^2##.

    Does this mean that ##E = \sqrt{\frac{3}{14}}m_w = 0.46m_W##?
     
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  3. Jun 10, 2015 #2
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