Apr 11 – 14, 2022
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The Drell-Yan $q_T$ Spectrum and Its Uncertainty at N$^3$LL$'$

Apr 12, 2022, 6:25 PM
500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium


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Young Scientists Forum (YSF) YSF


Johannes Michel (MIT CTP)


We present state-of-the-art SCETlib predictions for the $W$ and $Z/\gamma^*$ transverse-momentum ($q_T$) distributions at the LHC at complete three-loop order in resummed perturbation theory (N$^3$LL$'$) and matched to available fixed order. We pay particular attention to the estimation of theory uncertainties via profile scale variations in such a way that perturbative uncertainties due to PDF evolution, perturbative resummation uncertainties, and nonperturbative uncertainties for $q_T \to 0$ are cleanly disentangled, and compare our predictions to high-precision measurements by the ATLAS and CMS experiments. The speed and versatility of our resummed calculation also allow us to study the dependence on the strong coupling, the PDFs, and their parametric uncertainties at this order. We find intriguing evidence that the normalized ATLAS and CMS $Z$ $q_T$ spectra may prefer a lower strong coupling than the PDG value.

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