Precision determination of the strong coupling constant within a global PDF analysis

Richard D. Ball, Stefano Carrazza, Luigi Del Debbio, Stefano Forte*, Zahari Kassabov, Juan Rojo, Emma Slade, Maria Ubiali

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We present a determination of the strong coupling constant αs(mZ) based on the NNPDF3.1 determination of parton distributions, which for the first time includes constraints from jet production, top-quark pair differential distributions, and the ZpT distributions using exact NNLO theory. Our result is based on a novel extension of the NNPDF methodology – the correlated replica method – which allows for a simultaneous determination of αs and the PDFs with all correlations between them fully taken into account. We study in detail all relevant sources of experimental, methodological and theoretical uncertainty. At NNLO we find αs(mZ) = 0.1185 ± 0. 0005 (exp)± 0. 0001 (meth), showing that methodological uncertainties are negligible. We conservatively estimate the theoretical uncertainty due to missing higher order QCD corrections (N3LO and beyond) from half the shift between the NLO and NNLO αs values, finding Δαsth=0.0011.

Original languageEnglish
Article number408
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number5
Early online date24 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

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  • hep-ex


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