P. Maierhoefer

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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology (9)

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We present theoretical predictions for the production of top-quark pairs with up to three jets at the next-to leading order in perturbative QCD. The relevant calculations are performed with Sherpa and OpenLoops. To address the issue of scale choices and related uncertainties in the presence of multiple scales, we compare results obtained with the standard scale HT/2 at fixed order and the MINLO procedure. Read More

We present differential cross sections for the production of top-quark pairs in conjunction with up to two jets, computed at next-to leading order in perturbative QCD and consistently merged with a parton shower in the Sherpa+OpenLoops framework. Top quark decays including spin correlation effects are taken into account at leading order accuracy. The calculation yields a unified description of top-pair plus multi-jet production, and detailed results are presented for various key observables at the Large Hadron Collider. Read More

Theoretical uncertainties in the simulation of ttbb production represent one of the main obstacles that still hamper the observation of Higgs-boson production in association with top-quark pairs in the H->bb channel. In this letter we present a next-to-leading order (NLO) simulation of ttbb production with massive b-quarks matched to the Sherpa parton shower. This allows one to extend NLO predictions to arbitrary ttbb kinematics, including the case where one or both b-jets arise from collinear g->bb splittings. Read More

We describe several techniques for the calculation of multi-loop integrals and their application to heavy quark current correlators. As new results, we present the four-loop correction to the second and third physical moment in the low-energy expansions of vector, axial-vector and scalar quark current correlators. Using a Ward identity, we obtain the third and fourth moment for the pseudo-scalar correlator. Read More

We construct approximate formulas for the O(\alpha_s^3) QCD contributions to vector, axial-vector, scalar and pseudo-scalar quark current correlators, which are valid for arbitrary values of momenta and masses. The derivation is based on conformal mapping and the Pade approximation procedure and incorporates known expansions in the low energy, threshold and high energy regions. We use our results to estimate additional terms in these expansions. Read More

The second moment of the heavy quark vector correlator at O(alpha_s^3) is presented. The implications of this result on recent determinations of the charm and bottom quark mass are discussed. Read More

We present the first 30 moments of the low energy expansions of the vector, axial-vector, scalar and pseudo-scalar heavy quark correlation functions at three-loop order, including the singlet contribution which appears for the first time at three loops. In addition we compare the behavior of the moments for large n with the prediction from threshold calculations. Read More

We have constructed an epsilon-finite basis of master integrals for all new types of one-scale tadpoles which appear in the calculation of the four-loop QCD corrections to the electroweak rho-parameter. Using transformation rules from the epsilon-finite basis to the standard minimal-number-of-lines basis, we obtain as a by-product analytical expressions for few leading terms of the epsilon-expansion of all members of the standard basis. The new master integrals have been computed with the help of the Pade method and by use of difference equations independently. Read More

The four-loop QCD corrections to the electroweak $\rho$-parameter arising from top and bottom quark loops are computed. Specifically we evaluate the missing ``non-singlet'' piece. Using algebraic methods the amplitude is reduced to a set of around 50 new master integrals which are calculated with various analytical and numerical methods. Read More