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Evidence for exclusive gamma gamma -> W (+) W (-) production and constraints on anomalous quartic gauge couplings in pp collisions at and 8 TeV

V. Khachatryan, A. M. Sirunyan, A. Tumasyan, W. Adam, E. Asilar, T. Bergauer, J. Brandstetter, E. Brondolin, M. Dragicevic, J. Eroe, et al. (2016) JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS.
abstract
A search for exclusive or quasi-exclusive gamma gamma -> W (+) W (-) production, via pp -> p ((*)) W (+) W (-) p ((*)) -> p ((*)) mu (+/-)e(a") p ((*)) at TeV, is reported using data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb(-1). Events are selected by requiring the presence of an electron-muon pair with large transverse momentum p (T)(mu (+/-)e(a")) > 30 GeV, and no associated charged particles detected from the same vertex. The 8 TeV results are combined with the previous 7 TeV results (obtained for 5.05 fb(-1) of data). In the signal region, 13 (2) events are observed over an expected background of 3.9 +/- 0.6 (0.84 +/- 0.15) events for 8 (7) TeV, resulting in a combined excess of 3.4 sigma over the background-only hypothesis. The observed yields and kinematic distributions are compatible with the standard model prediction for exclusive and quasi-exclusive gamma gamma -> W (+) W (-) production. Upper limits on the anomalous quartic gauge coupling operators a (0,C) (W) (dimension-6) and f (M0,1,2,3) (dimension-8), the most stringent to date, are derived from the measured dilepton transverse momentum spectrum.
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