We report a high-statistics study of the reaction p+W→μ++μ-+X with use of an intense 400-GeV/c proton beam, a magnetized-iron beam dump, and a wide-acceptance detector. Using data near xF=0, we have extracted the nucleon sea-quark distribution and find it to be a factor 1.6±0.3 larger than that obtained by inelastic charged-current neutrino scattering. We then compare the Drell-Yan prediction with our data including the previously unexplored region of large xF and find excellent agreement for a wide range of μ-pair invariant mass.
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