O(αs2) corrections to e+e-→tt̄ total and differential cross sections near threshold

T. Nagano, A. Ota, Y. Sumino

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Recently full O(αs2sβ,β2) corrections to the threshold total cross section for e+e-→tt̄ have been calculated, and the reported corrections turned out to be unexpectedly large. We study how to reduce the theoretical uncertainties of the cross section. We adopt a new mass definition proposed by Beneke, which incorporates a renormalon-pole cancellation in the total energy of a static quark-antiquark pair. This improves the convergence of the 1S resonance mass, while the normalization of the cross section scarcely changes. We argue that resummations of logarithms are indispensable, since two largely separated scales dictate the shape of the cross section. As a first step, we resum logarithms in the Coulombic part of the tt̄ potential, and observe a considerable improvement in the convergence of corresponding corrections. There still remain, however, large corrections, which arise from a 1/r2 term in the tt̄ potential. We also calculate full O(αs2sβ,β2) corrections to the momentum distributions of top quarks in the threshold region. Corrections to the distribution shape are of moderate size over the whole threshold region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114014
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec 1

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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