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Rikkert Frederix

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On the reduction of negative weights in MC@NLO-type matching procedures

Author

  • R. Frederix
  • S. Frixione
  • S. Prestel
  • P. Torrielli

Summary, in English

We show how a careful analysis of the behaviour of a parton shower Monte Carlo in the vicinity of the soft and collinear regions allows one to formulate a modified MC@NLO-matching prescription that reduces the number of negative-weight events with respect to that stemming from the standard MC@NLO procedure. As a first practical application of such a prescription, that we dub MC@NLO-∆, we have implemented it in the MadGraph5_aMC@NLO framework, by employing the Pythia8 Monte Carlo. We present selected MC@NLO-∆ results at the 13 TeV LHC, and compare them with MC@NLO ones. We find that the former predictions are consistent with the latter ones within the typical matching systematics, and that the reduction of negative-weight events is significant.

Department/s

  • Theoretical Particle Physics

Publishing year

2020

Language

English

Publication/Series

Journal of High Energy Physics

Volume

2020

Issue

7

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Subatomic Physics

Keywords

  • NLO Computations
  • QCD Phenomenology

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1126-6708