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Integrated and differential accuracy in resummed cross sections

  • Author(s): Bertolini, Daniele
  • Solon, Mikhail P
  • Walsh, Jonathan R
  • et al.

© 2017 American Physical Society. Standard QCD resummation techniques provide precise predictions for the spectrum and the cumulant of a given observable. The integrated spectrum and the cumulant differ by higher-order terms which, however, can be numerically significant. In this paper we propose a method, which we call the σ-improved scheme, to resolve this issue. It consists of two steps: (i) include higher-order terms in the spectrum to improve the agreement with the cumulant central value, and (ii) employ profile scales that encode correlations between different points to give robust uncertainty estimates for the integrated spectrum. We provide a generic algorithm for determining such profile scales, and show the application to the thrust distribution in e+e- collisions at NLL′+NLO and NNLL′+NNLO.

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