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ABSTRACT: We present methods to compute higher orders in the threshold expansion for the oneloop production of a Higgs boson in association with two partons at hadron colliders. This process contributes to the N$^3$LO Higgs production cross section beyond the softvirtual approximation. We use reverse unitarity to expand the phasespace integrals in the small kinematic parameters and to reduce the coefficients of the expansion to a small set of master integrals. We describe two methods for the calculation of the master integrals. The first was introduced for the calculation of the soft triplereal radiation relevant to N$^3$LO Higgs production. The second uses a particular factorization of the three body phasespace measure and the knowledge of the scaling properties of the integral itself. Our result is presented as a Laurent expansion in the dimensional regulator, although some of the master integrals are computed to all orders in this parameter.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We present the cross section for the production of a Higgs boson at hadron colliders at nexttonexttonexttoleading order (N^{3}LO) in perturbative QCD. The calculation is based on a method to perform a series expansion of the partonic cross section around the threshold limit to an arbitrary order. We perform this expansion to sufficiently high order to obtain the value of the hadronic cross at N^{3}LO in the large topmass limit. For renormalization and factorization scales equal to half the Higgs boson mass, the N^{3}LO corrections are of the order of +2.2%. The total scale variation at N^{3}LO is 3%, reducing the uncertainty due to missing higher order QCD corrections by a factor of 3.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In this article, we compute the gluon fusion Higgs boson crosssection at N3LO through the second term in the threshold expansion. This calculation constitutes a major milestone towards the full N3LO cross section. Our result has the best formal accuracy in the threshold expansion currently available, and includes contributions from collinear regions besides subleading corrections from soft and hard regions, as well as certain logarithmically enhanced contributions for general kinematics. We use our results to perform a critical appraisal of the validity of the threshold approximation at N3LO in perturbative QCD.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We compute the NNLO QCD corrections for the hadroproduction of a pair of offshell photons in the limit of a large number of quark flavors. We perform a reduction of the twoloop amplitude to master integrals and calculate the latter analytically as a Laurent series in the dimensional regulator using modern integration methods. Real radiation corrections are evaluated numerically with a direct subtraction of infrared limits which we cast in a simple factorized form. The results presented here constitute a gauge invariant part of the full NNLO corrections but are not necessarily dominant. We view this calculation as a step towards a complete computation. Our partial corrections to the total crosssection are about 1%3% and vary with the virtuality of the two offshell photons.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We compute the NNLO QCD corrections for the hadroproduction of a pair of offshell photons in the limit of a large number of quark flavors. We perform a reduction of the twoloop amplitude to master integrals and calculate the latter analytically as a Laurent series in the dimensional regulator using modern integration methods. Real radiation corrections are evaluated numerically with a direct subtraction of infrared limits which we cast in a simple factorized form. The results presented here constitute a gauge invariant part of the full NNLO corrections but are not necessarily dominant. We view this calculation as a step towards a complete computation. Our partial corrections to the total crosssection are about $1\%3\%$ and vary with the virtuality of the two offshell photons.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We present the crosssection for the threshold production of the Higgs boson at hadroncolliders at nexttonexttonexttoleading order (N3LO) in perturbative QCD. We present an analytic expression for the partonic crosssection at threshold and the impact of these corrections on the numerical estimates for the hadronic crosssection at the LHC. With this result we achieve a major milestone towards a complete evaluation of the crosssection at N3LO which will reduce the theoretical uncertainty in the determination of the strengths of the Higgs boson interactions.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We compute the contributions to the N3LO inclusive Higgs boson crosssection from the square of oneloop amplitudes with a Higgs boson and three QCD partons as external states. Our result is a Taylor expansion in the dimensional regulator epsilon, where the coefficients of the expansion are analytic functions of the ratio of the Higgs boson mass and the partonic center of mass energy and they are valid for arbitrary values of this ratio. We also perform a threshold expansion around the limit of softparton radiation in the final state. The expressions for the coefficients of the threshold expansion are valid for arbitrary values of the dimension. As a byproduct of the threshold expansion calculation, we have developed a soft expansion method at the integrand level by identifying the relevant soft and collinear regions for the loopmomentum.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We present the two first terms in the threshold expansion of Higgs production partonic crosssections at hadron colliders for processes with three partons in the final state. These are contributions to the inclusive Higgs crosssection in gluon fusion at N3LO. We have developed a new technique for the expansion of the squared matrixelements around the soft limit and for the reduction of the required phasespace integrals to only ten singlescale master integrals. We compute the master integrals building upon modern techniques for the integration of multidimensional integrals in dimensional regularization. Our results constitute an important step towards a systematic computation of the Higgs boson crosssection as an expansion around the threshold limit.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We evaluate all phase space master integrals which are required for the total cross section of generic 2 > 1 processes at NNLO as a series expansion in the dimensional regulator epsilon. Away from the limit of threshold production, our expansion includes one order higher than what has been available in the literature. At threshold, we provide expressions which are valid to all orders in terms of Gamma functions and hypergeometric functions. These results are a necessary ingredient for the renormalization and mass factorization of singularities in 2 > 1 inclusive cross sections at NNNLO in QCD.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We present the inclusive Higgs boson crosssection at the LHC with collision energy of 8 TeV. Our predictions are obtained using our publicly available program iHixs which incorporates NNLO QCD corrections and electroweak corrections. We review the convergence of the QCD perturbative expansion at this new energy and examine the impact of finite Higgs width effects. We also study the impact of different parton distribution functions on the crosssection. We present tables with the crosssection values and estimates for their uncertainty due to uncalculated higher orders in the perturbative expansion and parton densities.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The decay of a light Higgs boson to bottom quarks is dominant and can be exploited for the discovery of the Higgs particle and the measurement of its properties at the LHC and future collider experiments. We perform a first computation of the fully differential decay at nextnexttoleading order in perturbative QCD. We employ a novel method of nonlinear mappings for the treatment of singularities in the radiative processes which contribute to the decay width. This constitutes the first physical application of the method. 
Article: Total crosssection for Higgs boson hadroproduction with anomalous Standard Model interactions
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ABSTRACT: We present a new program (iHixs) which computes the inclusive Higgs boson crosssection at hadron colliders. It incorporates QCD corrections through NNLO, real and virtual electroweak corrections, mixed QCDelectroweak corrections, quarkmass effects through NLO in QCD, and finite width effects for the Higgs boson and heavy quarks. iHixs can be used to obtain the most precise crosssection values in fixed order perturbation theory in the Standard Model. In addition, it allows for a consistent evaluation of the crosssection in modified Higgs boson sectors with anomalous Yukawa and electroweak interactions as required in extensions of the Standard Model. iHixs is interfaced with the LHAPDF library and can be used with all available NNLO sets of parton distribution functions.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We present theoretical predictions for the Higgs boson production crosssection via gluon fusion at the LHC in a Standard Model with four generations. We include QCD corrections through NLO retaining the full dependence on the quark masses, and the NNLO corrections in the heavy quark effective theory approximation. We also include electroweak corrections through three loops. Electroweak and bottomquark contributions are suppressed in comparison to the Standard Model with three generations.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: N=4 supersymmetric YangMills theory exhibits a rather surprising duality of Wilsonloop vacuum expectation values and scattering amplitudes. In this paper, we investigate this correspondence at the diagram level. We find that oneloop triangles, oneloop boxes, and twoloop diagonal boxes can be cast as simple one and two parametric integrals over a single propagator in configuration space. We observe that the twoloop Wilsonloop "harddiagram" corresponds to a fourloop hexagon Feynman diagram. Guided by the diagrammatic correspondence of the configurationspace propagator and loop Feynman diagrams, we derive Feynman parameterizations of complicated planar and nonplanar Feynman diagrams which simplify their evaluation. For illustration, we compute numerically a fourloop hexagon scalar Feynman diagram.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Real and virtual corrections in NNLO QCD require multidimensional integrals with overlapping singularities. We first review ideas and methods which have been proposed for performing such computations. We then present a new method for the factorization of overlapping singularities based on nonlinear integral transformations. We apply this method for the evaluation of all integral topologies which appear in double real radiation corrections in crosssection calculations for the production of a heavy system at hadron colliders. Finally, we demonstrate with typical examples that twoloop virtual corrections are amenable to the same method.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We compute for the first time the twoloop corrections to arbitrary ngon lightlike Wilson loops in N = 4 supersymmetric YangMills theory, using efficient numerical methods. The calculation is motivated by the remarkable agreement between the finite part of planar sixpoint MHV amplitudes and hexagon Wilson loops which has been observed at two loops. At n = 6 we confirm that the ABDK/BDS ansatz must be corrected by adding a remainder function, which depends only on conformally invariant ratios of kinematic variables. We numerically compute remainder functions for n = 7, 8 and verify dual conformal invariance. Furthermore, we study simple and multiple collinear limits of the Wilson loop remainder functions and demonstrate that they have precisely the form required by the collinear factorisation of the corresponding twoloop npoint amplitudes. The number of distinct diagram topologies contributing to the ngon Wilson loops does not increase with n, and there is a fixed number of "master integrals", which we have computed. Thus we have essentially computed general polygon Wilson loops, and if the correspondence with amplitudes continues to hold, all planar npoint twoloop MHV amplitudes in the N = 4 theory.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We consider extensions of the Standard Model with a number of additional heavy quarks which couple to the Higgs boson via toplike Yukawa interactions. We construct an effective theory valid for a Higgs boson mass which is lighter than twice the lightest heavy quark mass and compute the corresponding Wilson coefficient through NNLO. We present numerical results for the gluon fusion crosssection at the Tevatron for an extension of the Standard Model with a fourth generation of heavy quarks. The gluon fusion crosssection at NLO and in the approximation of infinitely heavy quarks is enhanced by a factor of 9 with respect to the Standard Model value. Tevatron experimental data can place stringent exclusion limits for the Higgs mass in this model. We find that the relative magnitude of the higher order QCD corrections with respect to the LO is similar to the Standard Model. Our result serves to carry out an exclusion analysis for a fourgeneration Standard Model with the same accuracy as in the Standard Model analysis. KeywordsHiggs PhysicsNLO Computations  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The discovery of a Standard Model Higgs boson is possible when experimental cuts are applied which increase the ratio of signal and background crosssections. In this paper we study the pp → H → WW signal crosssection at the LHC which requires a selection of Higgs bosons with small transverse momentum. We compare predictions for the efficiency of the experimental cuts from a NNLO QCD calculation, a calculation of the resummation of logarithms in the transverse momentum of the Higgs boson at NNLL, and the event generator MC@NLO. We also investigate the impact of various jetalgorithms, the underlying event and hadronization on the signal crosssection.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The Tevatron experiments have recently excluded a Standard Model Higgs boson in the mass range 160 GeV < mH < 170 GeV at the 95% confidence level. This result is based on sophisticated analyses designed to maximize the ratio of accepted signal to background. In this paper we study the production of a Higgs boson of mass mH = 160 GeV in the gg → H → WW → lνlν channel. We choose a set of cuts like those adopted in the experimental analysis and compare kinematical distributions of the final state leptons computed in NNLO QCD to lowerorder calculations and to those obtained with the event generators PYTHIA, HERWIG and MC@NLO. We also show that the distribution of the output from an Artificial Neural Network obtained with the different tools does not show significant differences. However, the final acceptance computed with PYTHIA is smaller than those obtained at NNLO and with HERWIG and MC@NLO. We also investigate the impact of the underlying event and hadronization on our results. 
Article: HPro: A NLO MonteCarlo for Higgs production via gluon fusion with finite heavy quark masses
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ABSTRACT: We compute fully differential nexttoleading order QCD crosssections for Higgs boson production via gluon fusion in the Standard Model. We maintain the full dependence of the crosssections on the top and bottom quark mass. We find that finite quark mass effects are important given the achieved precision of QCD predictions for gluon fusion. Our MonteCarlo program, HPro, can correct existing NNLO fully differential calculations, which employ the approximation of an infinitely heavy top and a vanishing bottom quark Yukawa coupling, for heavy quark finite mass effects through NLO. Comment: References added. Discussion of smallx effects on the Higgs rapidity distribution added
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20052015

ETH Zurich
 Institute for Theoretical Physics
Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland


2007

CERN
Genève, Geneva, Switzerland


2004

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States


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Stanford University
 SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Palo Alto, California, United States


19992002

Durham University
 Department of Physics
Durham, England, United Kingdom
