Sector showers for hadron collisions

Helen Brooks, Christian T. Preuss, Peter Skands

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In conventional parton showers (including ones based on dipoles/antennae), a given (Born + m)-parton configuration can typically be reached via O(m!) different “shower histories”. In the context of matrix-element-correction and merging procedures, accounting for these histories mandates fairly complex and resource-intensive algorithms. A so far little-explored alternative in the shower context is to divide the branching phase spaces into distinct “sectors”, each of which only receives contributions from a single branching kernel. This has a number of consequences including making the shower operator bijective; i.e., each parton configuration now has a single unique “inverse”. As a first step towards developing a full-fledged matrix-element-correction and merging procedure based on such showers, we here extend the sector approach for antenna showers to hadron-hadron collisions, including mass and helicity dependence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number32
Number of pages58
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


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  • QCD Phenomenology

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