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Performance of the ATLAS muon trigger in pp collisions at \(\sqrt{s}=8\) TeV

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      The performance of the ATLAS muon trigger system has been evaluated with proton-proton collision data collected in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. The performance was primarily evaluated using events containing a pair of muons from the decay of Z bosons. The efficiency is measured for the single-muon trigger for a kinematic region of the transverse momentum \(p_T\) between 25 and 100 GeV, with a statistical uncertainty of less than 0.01% and a systematic uncertainty of 0.6%. The performance is also compared in detail to the predictions from simulation. The efficiency was measured over a wide \(p_T\) range (a few GeV to several hundred GeV) by using muons from J/\(\psi\) mesons, W bosons, and top and antitop quarks. It showed highly uniform and stable performance.

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          1408.3179

          High energy & Particle physics

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