Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
NLO QCD predictions for + jets production with Sherpa
Institut für Kern- und Teilchenphysik, TU Dresden, 01062, Dresden, Germany
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Accepted: 10 February 2018
Published online: 23 February 2018
We present precise predictions for prompt photon production in association with a Z boson and jets. They are obtained within the Sherpa framework as a consistently merged inclusive sample. Leptonic decays of the Z boson are fully included in the calculation with all off-shell effects. Virtual matrix elements are provided by OpenLoops and parton-shower effects are simulated with a dipole parton shower. Thanks to the NLO QCD corrections included not only for inclusive production but also for the + 1-jet process we find significantly reduced systematic uncertainties and very good agreement with experimental measurements at . Predictions at are displayed including a study of theoretical uncertainties. In view of an application of these simulations within LHC experiments, we discuss in detail the necessary combination with a simulation of the Z + jets final state. In addition to a corresponding prescription we introduce recommended cross checks to avoid common pitfalls during the overlap removal between the two samples.
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