Inclusive $W$ and $Z$ production in the forward region at $\sqrt{s} = 7$ TeV

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Measurements of inclusive $W$ and $Z$ boson production cross-sections in $pp$
collisions at $\sqrt{s}=7$ TeV using final states containing muons are
presented. The data sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 37
pb$^{-1}$ collected with the LHCb detector. The $W$ and $Z$ bosons are
reconstructed from muons with a transverse momentum above 20 GeV$/c$ and
pseudorapidity between 2.0 and 4.5, and, in the case of the $Z$ cross-section,
a dimuon invariant mass between 60 and 120 GeV$/c^2$. The cross-sections are
measured to be {$831\pm9\pm27\pm 29$ pb} for $W^+$, {$656\pm8\pm19\pm 23$ pb}
for $W^-$ and {$76.7\pm1.7\pm3.3\pm2.7$ pb} for $Z$, where the first
uncertainty is statistical, the second is systematic and the third is due to
the luminosity. Differential cross-sections, $W$ and $Z$ cross-section ratios
and the lepton charge asymmetry are also measured in the same kinematic region.
The ratios are determined to be $\sigma_{W^+\rightarrow\mu^+\nu} /
\sigma_{W^-\rightarrow\mu^-\bar{\nu}}= ${$1.27\pm0.02\pm0.01$}, and
$\sigma_{W^+\rightarrow\mu^+\nu} +
${$19.4\pm0.5\pm0.9$}. The results are in general agreement with theoretical
predictions, performed at next-to-next-to-leading order in QCD using recently
calculated parton distribution functions.

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