EDINBURGH-2009-18
LAPTH-1362-09
PITHA-09-30
SFB-CPP-09-113
SLAC-PUB-13833
arXiv:0911.3181
Phys.Lett. B683 (2010) 154-159

by: Binoth, T. (Edinburgh U.) et al.

Abstract:
A fully differential calculation of the next-to-leading order QCD corrections to the production of Z-boson pairs in association with a hard jet at the Tevatron and LHC is presented. This process is an important background for Higgs particle and new physics searches at hadron colliders. We find sizable corrections for cross sections and differential distributions, particularly at the LHC. Residual scale uncertainties are typically at the 10% level and can be further reduced by applying a veto against the emission of a second hard jet. Our results confirm that NLO corrections do not simply rescale LO predictions.