Modeling of $t$-channel single top-quark production at the LHC

29 Oct 2020  ·  Gao Jun, Berger Edmond L. ·

We study the modeling of $t$-channel single top-quark production at Large Hadron Collider (LHC) energies. We compare predictions at next-to-next-to-leading order in a 5-flavor scheme to those of next-to-leading order in a 4-flavor scheme, finding the two schemes agree within a few percent in general for the shape of kinematic distributions of the top quark... The predictions in the 5-flavor scheme show strong stability for both normalization and distributions, and are superior to those of the 4-flavor scheme at comparable orders. We present comparisons of the predictions with LHC data. Our findings provide clear theoretical guidance for precision studies of single top-quark physics at the LHC. read more

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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology