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Rikkert Frederix

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Large NLO corrections in tt¯ W± and tt¯ tt¯ hadroproduction from supposedly subleading EW contributions


  • Rikkert Frederix
  • Davide Pagani
  • Marco Zaro

Summary, in English

We calculate the complete-NLO predictions for tt¯ W± and tt¯ tt¯ production in proton-proton collisions at 13 and 100 TeV. All the non-vanishing contributions of O(αsiαj) with i + j = 3, 4 for tt¯ W± and i + j = 4, 5 for tt¯ tt¯ are evaluated without any approximation. For tt¯ W± we find that, due to the presence of tW → tW scattering, at 13(100) TeV the O(αsα3) contribution is about 12(70)% of the LO, i.e., it is larger than the so-called NLO EW corrections (the O(αs2α2) terms) and has opposite sign. In the case of tt¯ tt¯ production, large contributions from electroweak tt → tt scattering are already present at LO in the O(αs3α) and O(αs2α2) terms. For the same reason we find that both NLO terms of O(αs4α), i.e., the NLO EW corrections, and O(αs3α2) are large (±15% of the LO) and their relative contributions strongly depend on the values of the renormalisation and factorisation scales. However, large accidental cancellations are present (away from the threshold region) between these two contributions. Moreover, the NLO corrections strongly depend on the kinematics and are particularly large at the threshold, where even the relative contribution from O(αs2α3) terms amounts to tens of percents.

Publishing year





Journal of High Energy Physics





Document type

Journal article




  • Subatomic Physics


  • NLO Computations
  • QCD Phenomenology




  • ISSN: 1029-8479