We present a Monte Carlo generator that implements significant theoretical improvements in the simulation of top-quark pair production and decay at the LHC. Spin correlations and off-shell effects in top-decay chains are described in terms of exact matrix elements for pp→ℓ+νℓl-ν¯lbb¯ at order α4αS2 plus full NLO QCD corrections, where the leptons ℓ and l belong to different families, and b quarks are massive. Thus, the contributions from tt¯ and Wt single-top production, plus contributions without top resonances and all relevant quantum interferences between different channels are fully included. Matrix elements are matched to the Pythia8 parton shower using a recently proposed method that allows for a consistent treatment of resonances in the POWHEG framework. These theoretical improvements are especially important for the interpretation of precision measurements of the top-quark mass, for single-top analyses in the Wt channel, and for tt¯ and Wt backgrounds in the presence of jet vetoes or cuts that enhance off-shell effects. The new generator is based on a process-independent interface of the OpenLoops amplitude generator with the POWHEG-BOX framework.

Ježo, T., Lindert, J., Nason, P., Oleari, C., Pozzorini, S. (2016). An NLO+PS generator for tt¯ and Wt production and decay including non-resonant and interference effects. THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL. C, PARTICLES AND FIELDS, 76(12) [10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4538-2].

An NLO+PS generator for tt¯ and Wt production and decay including non-resonant and interference effects

NASON, PAOLO;OLEARI, CARLO
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2016

Abstract

We present a Monte Carlo generator that implements significant theoretical improvements in the simulation of top-quark pair production and decay at the LHC. Spin correlations and off-shell effects in top-decay chains are described in terms of exact matrix elements for pp→ℓ+νℓl-ν¯lbb¯ at order α4αS2 plus full NLO QCD corrections, where the leptons ℓ and l belong to different families, and b quarks are massive. Thus, the contributions from tt¯ and Wt single-top production, plus contributions without top resonances and all relevant quantum interferences between different channels are fully included. Matrix elements are matched to the Pythia8 parton shower using a recently proposed method that allows for a consistent treatment of resonances in the POWHEG framework. These theoretical improvements are especially important for the interpretation of precision measurements of the top-quark mass, for single-top analyses in the Wt channel, and for tt¯ and Wt backgrounds in the presence of jet vetoes or cuts that enhance off-shell effects. The new generator is based on a process-independent interface of the OpenLoops amplitude generator with the POWHEG-BOX framework.
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Ježo, T., Lindert, J., Nason, P., Oleari, C., Pozzorini, S. (2016). An NLO+PS generator for tt¯ and Wt production and decay including non-resonant and interference effects. THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL. C, PARTICLES AND FIELDS, 76(12) [10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-4538-2].
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