Apr 26 – 30, 2021
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Parton-shower effects in Higgs production via Vector-Boson Fusion

Apr 28, 2021, 5:40 PM


Johannes Scheller (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)


We present a systematic investigation of parton-shower and matching uncertainties of perturbative origin for Higgs-boson production via vector-boson fusion. To this end we employ different generators at next-to-leading order QCD accuracy matched with shower Monte Carlo programs, $\texttt{PYTHIA8}$, and $\texttt{HERWIG7}$, and a next-to-next-to-leading order QCD calculation.
We thoroughly analyse the intrinsic sources of uncertainty within each generator, and then compare predictions among the different tools using the respective recommended setups. Within typical vector-boson fusion cuts, the resulting uncertainties on observables that are accurate to next-to-leading order are at the $10\%$ level for rates and even smaller for shapes. For observables sensitive to extra radiation effects, uncertainties of about $20\%$ are found.
We furthermore show how a specific recoil scheme is needed when $\texttt{PYTHIA8}$ is employed, in order not to encounter unphysical enhancements for these observables.
We conclude that for vector-boson fusion processes an assessment of the uncertainties associated with an NLO+PS simulation at next-to-leading order matched to parton showers based only on the variation of renormalisation, factorisation and shower scales systematically underestimates their true size.

Primary authors

Johannes Scheller (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) Marco Zaro (Università degli Studi e INFN Milano (IT)) Dr Alexander Karlberg (University of Oxford) Barbara Jager (University of Tubingen) Simon Platzer (University of Vienna (AT))

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