Wbb in the high pT HW region

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Interested parties

Laura Reina, Giacinto Piacquadio, Sally Dawson, Jon Butterworth, Ketavi Assamagan, Steve Mrenna, Matthew Schwartz, Rohini Godbole, +...

  • WH high pT analysis: actual estimation of Wbb background + future plans [1]

Link slides here if you have them please!


Getting reliable predictions, especially for the shape of the mass and pT of bbar pairs and for extra jets, in the Wbb (and Zbb) process, will be important for the eventual HV analysis. Having a better idea of the rate is also interesting now, to estimate the sensitivity.

The region of interest is where parton showers/LL are likely to do a good job, but fixed-HO and mass effects can also have significant impact.

General point is that because the qg -> Wqbbar channel opens up only at order alpha_s^2, this process is only LO and has a large scale dependence. Also, because the gluon PDF is larger than the qbar, this process has a large cross section. However, it also usually gives an extra jet, so being more exclusive (i.e. applying jet vetoes) reduces the K-factor from around 3 to probably below 1.5.

While the extra parton veto can be easily implemented in the NLO calculation, the problem in the NLO calculation at the moment is having to deal with large corrections in the region of phase space of high m(bb)/pT(bb). So even if in the WH analysis we are interested mostly at high m(bb) (around the Higgs mass), since pT(bb) is constrained to be above 200 GeV, we still land in a region where these logarithms are large. However a re-summation of these large logarithms could be implemented analytically in the calculation, which in principle permits to have up to NLL accuracy.

Other point is the existence of LO matched calculations (do they exist?) and possibility of doing a NLO matched calculation. Infact in a second step the NLO calculation could be in principle interfaced for example to POWHEG, matching the exact NLO calculation with a LO parton shower.


GP and JMB to pass exact cuts and distributions of interest to LR and SD, who will do the calculation in the regions of interest.

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