Single-top-quark production in the $t$-channel at NNLO

2 Dec 2020  ·  John Campbell, Tobias Neumann, Zack Sullivan ·

We present a calculation of t-channel single-top-quark production and decay in the five-flavor scheme at NNLO. Our results resolve a disagreement between two previous calculations of this process that found a difference in the inclusive cross section at the level of the NNLO coefficient itself... We compare in detail with the previous calculations at the inclusive, differential and fiducial level including b-quark tagging at a fixed scale $\mu=m_t$. In addition, we advocate the use of double deep inelastic scattering (DDIS) scales ($\mu^2=Q^2$ for the light-quark line and $\mu^2=Q^2+m_t^2$ for the heavy-quark line) that maximize perturbative stability and allow for robust scale uncertainties. All NNLO and NLO$\,\otimes\,$NLO contributions for production and decay are included in the on-shell and vertex-function approximation. We present fiducial and differential results for a variety of observables used in Standard Model and Beyond Standard Model analyses, and find an important difference between the NLO and NNLO predictions of exclusive $t+n$-jet cross sections. Overall we find that NNLO corrections are crucial for a precise identification of the t-channel process. read more

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