The European Physical Journal C

, Volume 64, Issue 4, pp 653–680

Uncertainties on αS in global PDF analyses and implications for predicted hadronic cross sections

  • A. D. Martin
  • W. J. Stirling
  • R. S. Thorne
  • G. Watt
Regular Article - Theoretical Physics

DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-009-1164-2

Cite this article as:
Martin, A.D., Stirling, W.J., Thorne, R.S. et al. Eur. Phys. J. C (2009) 64: 653. doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-009-1164-2

Abstract

We determine the uncertainty on the strong coupling αS due to the experimental errors on the data fitted in global analysis of hard-scattering data, within the standard framework of leading-twist fixed-order collinear factorisation in the \(\overline{\mathrm{MS}}\) scheme, finding that αS(MZ2)=0.1202−0.0015+0.0012 at next-to-leading order (NLO) and αS(MZ2)=0.1171−0.0014+0.0014 at next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO). We do not address in detail the issue of the additional theory uncertainty on αS(MZ2), but an estimate is ±0.003 at NLO and at most ±0.002 at NNLO. We investigate the interplay between uncertainties on αS and uncertainties on parton distribution functions (PDFs). We show, for the first time, how both these sources of uncertainty can be accounted for simultaneously in calculations of cross sections, and we provide eigenvector PDF sets with different fixed αS values to allow further studies by the general user. We illustrate the application of these PDF sets by calculating cross sections for W, Z, Higgs boson and inclusive jet production at the Tevatron and LHC.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. D. Martin
    • 1
  • W. J. Stirling
    • 2
  • R. S. Thorne
    • 3
  • G. Watt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Particle Physics PhenomenologyUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK
  2. 2.Cavendish LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity College LondonLondonUK