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High-energy jets recoiling against missing transverse energy (MET) are powerful probes of dark matter at the LHC. Searches based on large MET signatures require a precise control of the \({Z(ν\overline{ν})}+\) jet background in the signal region. This can be achieved by taking accurate data in control regions dominated by \(Z(ℓ^+ℓ^−)+\) jet, \(W(ℓν)+\) jet and \(γ+\) jet production, and extrapolating to the \({Z(ν\overline{ν})}+\) jet background by means of precise theoretical predictions. In this context, recent advances in perturbative calculations open the door to significant sensitivity improvements in dark matter searches. In this spirit, we present a combination of state-of-the-art calculations for all relevant \(V+\) jets processes, including throughout NNLO QCD corrections and NLO electroweak corrections supplemented by Sudakov logarithms at two loops. Predictions at parton level are provided together with detailed recommendations for their usage in experimental analyses based on the reweighting of Monte Carlo samples. Particular attention is devoted to the estimate of theoretical uncertainties in the framework of dark matter searches, where subtle aspects such as correlations across different \(V+\) jet processes play a key role. The anticipated theoretical uncertainty in the \({Z(ν\overline{ν})}+\) jet background is at the few percent level up to the TeV range.

Next-to-leading-order electroweak corrections to pp -> W\(^{+}\)W\(^{-}\) -> 4 leptons at the LHC
(2016)

We present results of the first calculation of next-to-leading-order electroweak corrections to W-boson pair production at the LHC that fully takes into account leptonic W-boson decays and off-shell effects. Employing realistic event selections, we discuss the corrections in situations that are typical for the study of W-boson pairs as a signal process or of Higgs-boson decays H → WW∗, to which W-boson pair production represents an irreducible background. In particular, we compare the full off-shell results, obtained treating the W-boson resonances in the complex-mass scheme, to previous results in the so-called double-pole approximation, which is based on an expansion of the loop amplitudes about the W resonance poles. At small and intermediate scales, i.e. in particular in angular and rapidity distributions, the two approaches show the expected agreement at the level of fractions of a percent, but larger differences appear in the TeV range. For transverse-momentum distributions, the differences can even exceed the 10% level in the TeV range where “background diagrams” with one instead of two resonant W bosons gain in importance because of recoil effects.