Next-to-leading order QCD corrections to the production of two bottom-antibottom pairs at the LHC.

Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA.
Physical Review Letters (Impact Factor: 7.94). 09/2011; 107(10):102002. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.102002
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ABSTRACT We report the results of a computation of the full next-to-leading order QCD corrections to the production of two bb pairs at the LHC. This calculation at the parton level provides predictions for well separated b jets. The results show that the next-to-leading order corrections lead to an enhancement of the cross section for the central scale choice by roughly 50% with respect to the leading order result. The theoretical uncertainty estimated by variation of the renormalization and factorization scales is strongly reduced by the inclusion of next-to-leading order corrections.

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