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Volume 316 - XXVI International Workshop on Deep-Inelastic Scattering and Related Subjects (DIS2018) - WG3: Higgs and BSM Physics in Hadron Collisions
NLO matching for t ̄ t b ̄ b production with massive b -quarks
T. Jezo
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Pre-published on: 2018 September 20
Published on: 2018 November 23
Measurements of $t\bar{t} H$ production in the $H\to b\bar{b}$ channel depend in a critical way on the theoretical uncertainty associated with the irreducible QCD $t\bar{t}+b$-jet background. We introduce a new $pp\to t\bar{t}b\bar{b}$ POWHEG generator in the 4F scheme based on POWHEG-BOX-RES and on OpenLoops for fast evaluation of the scattering amplitudes. We present predictions and uncertainties for $t\bar{t}+b$-jet observables at the 13 TeV LHC. We also consider theoretical uncertainties related to the POWHEG matching method and to the parton shower (PS) modelling, with emphasis on $g\to b\bar{b}$ splittings. In general, matching and shower uncertainties turn out to be remarkably small. This is confirmed by a consistent comparison against SHERPA+OpenLoops.
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