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Third-Order Fiducial Predictions for Drell-Yan Production at the LHC

Chen, Xuan and Gehrmann, Thomas and Glover, Nigel and Huss, Alexander and Monni, Pier Francesco and Re, Emanuele and Rottoli, Luca and Torrielli, Paolo (2022) 'Third-Order Fiducial Predictions for Drell-Yan Production at the LHC.', Physical review letters., 128 (25). p. 252001.


The Drell-Yan process at hadron colliders is a fundamental benchmark for the study of strong interactions and the extraction of electroweak parameters. The outstanding precision of the LHC demands very accurate theoretical predictions with a full account of fiducial experimental cuts. In this Letter we present a state-of-the-art calculation of the fiducial cross section and of differential distributions for this process at third order in the strict fixed-order expansion in the strong coupling, as well as including the all-order resummation of logarithmic corrections. Together with these results, we present a detailed study of the subtraction technique used to carry out the calculation for different sets of experimental cuts, as well as of the sensitivity of the fiducial cross section to infrared physics. We find that residual theory uncertainties are reduced to the percent level and that the robustness of the predictions can be improved by a suitable adjustment of fiducial cuts.

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Date accepted:23 May 2022
Date deposited:22 June 2022
Date of first online publication:21 June 2022
Date first made open access:22 June 2022

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