by: Höche, Stefan (Fermilab) et al.

We discuss the QCD coherence properties of several parton-shower models available in Pythia and Vincia, in the context of Higgs production via vector boson fusion (VBF). The distinctive colour topology of VBF processes allows for the definition of observables that are especially sensitive to the coherent radiation pattern of additional jets. We study a set of such observables, using the Vincia sector-antenna shower as our main reference, and contrast it to Pythia's transverse-momentum-ordered DGLAP shower as well as Pythia's dipole-improved shower. We then investigate the robustness of these predictions as successive levels of higher-order perturbative matrix elements are incorporated, including next-to-leading-order matched and tree-level merged calculations, using Powheg-Box and Sherpa respectively to generate the hard events.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021