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Extrapolating W-Associated Jet-Production Ratios at the LHC

Abstract : Electroweak vector-boson production, accompanied by multiple jets, is an important background to searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. A precise and quantitative understanding of this process is helpful in constraining deviations from known physics. We study four key ratios in $W + n$-jet production at the LHC. We compute the ratio of cross sections for $W + n$- to $W + (n-1)$-jet production as a function of the minimum jet transverse momentum. We also study the ratio differentially, as a function of the $W$-boson transverse momentum; as a function of the scalar sum of the jet transverse energy, $H_T^{\rm jets}$; and as a function of certain jet transverse momenta. We show how to use such ratios to extrapolate differential cross sections to $W+6$-jet production at next-to-leading order, and we cross-check the method against a direct calculation at leading order. We predict the differential distribution in $H_T^{\rm jets}$ for $W+6$ jets at next-to-leading order using such an extrapolation. We use the BlackHat software library together with SHERPA to perform the computations.
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Z. Bern, L. j. Dixon, F. Febres Cordero, S. Höche, D. a. Kosower, et al.. Extrapolating W-Associated Jet-Production Ratios at the LHC. Physical Review D, American Physical Society, 2015, 92 (1), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.92.014008⟩. ⟨cea-01297656⟩

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