Measurement of Z/gamma* plus jet plus X angular distributions in p(p)over-bar collisions at root s=1.96 TeV
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We present the first measurements at a hadron collider of differential cross sections for Z/gamma* + jet + X production in Delta phi(Z. jet), vertical bar Delta y(Z, jet)vertical bar and vertical bar y(boost)(Z + jet)vertical bar. Vector boson production in association with jets is an excellent probe of QCD and constitutes the main background to many small cross section processes, such as associated Higgs production. These measurements are crucial tests of the predictions of perturbative QCD and current event generators, which have varied success in describing the data. Using these measurements as inputs in tuning event generators will increase the experimental sensitivity to rare signals. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.