Soft gluon resummation for gluon-induced Higgs Strahlung

Robert V. Harlander, Anna Kulesza, Vincent Theeuwes, Tom Zirke
2014 Journal of High Energy Physics  
We study the effect of soft gluon emission on the total cross section predictions for the gg→ HZ associated Higgs production process at the LHC. To this end, we perform resummation of threshold corrections at the NLL accuracy in the absolute threshold production limit and in the threshold limit for production of a ZH system with a given invariant mass. Analytical results and numerical predictions for various possible LHC collision energies are presented. The perturbative stability of the
more » ... is verified by including universal NNLL effects. We find that resummation significantly reduces the scale uncertainty of the gg→ HZ contribution, which is the dominant source of perturbative uncertainty to ZH production. We use our results to evaluate updated numbers for the total inclusive cross section of associated pp → ZH production at the LHC. The reduced scale uncertainty of the gg→ HZ component translates into a decrease of the overall scale error by about a factor of two.
doi:10.1007/jhep11(2014)082 fatcat:dkn3c7yu7feurdtl6mro7jlujm