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Ntuples for NLO Events at Hadron Colliders

Abstract : We present an event-file format for the dissemination of next-to-leading-order (NLO) predictions for QCD processes at hadron colliders. The files contain all information required to compute generic jet-based infrared-safe observables at fixed order (without showering or hadronization), and to recompute observables with different factorization and renormalization scales. The files also make it possible to evaluate cross sections and distributions with different parton distribution functions. This in turn makes it possible to estimate uncertainties in NLO predictions of a wide variety of observables without recomputing the short-distance matrix elements. The event files allow a user to choose among a wide range of commonly-used jet algorithms and jet-size parameters. We provide event files for a $W$ or $Z$ boson accompanied by up to four jets, and for pure-jet events with up to four jets. The files are for the Large Hadron Collider with a center of mass energy of 7 or 8 TeV. A C++ library along with a Python interface for handling these files are also provided and described in this article. The library allows a user to read the event files and recompute observables transparently for different pdf sets and factorization and renormalization scales.
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Contributor : Emmanuelle De Laborderie Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 8:59:28 AM
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  • HAL Id : cea-01037882, version 1
  • ARXIV : 1310.7439



Z. Bern, L. J. Dixon, F. Febres Cordero, S. Hoeche, H. Ita, et al.. Ntuples for NLO Events at Hadron Colliders. 2013. ⟨cea-01037882⟩



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