In the following we propose preliminary guidelines (including some open issues) for the calculation of official inclusive cross section for ttH and tH production. They should be adopted for the calculations only once discussed and approved by the ttH and WG1 conveners (mid November at the latest).

General aspects applicable to ttH and tH

See general HXSWG guidelines

Collider energy

  • 7,8,13 and 14 TeV
Higgs Mass scan for ttH and tH (as communicated by WG1 conveners on Nov 18 2015)
mH[GeV] 10-115 120-123.5 124-126 125.09 126.5-130 135-150 160-500 550-3000
Delta mH [GeV] 5 0.5 (instead of 1)
0.1   0.5 (instead of 1)
5 10 50
# points 22 8 21 1 8 4 35 50

  • 38 points in 120-130 GeV range are for SM Higgs. We propose to start the generation in this range.
  • the additional 111 mass points between 10-3000 GeV are supposed to provide a reference for BSM es.
  • the desired statistical accuracy is 0.1%
An additional collider energy scan should be provided with sqrt(s) between 6-15TeV in 0.5TeV steps for MH=125.0 and 125.09.

Other input parameters and PDFs

Presentation of the results
  • absolute NLO prediction at the central scale in picobarn (not the midpoint of the uncertainty band)
  • positive and negative scale variation in percent. Here the usual 6-point variation should be applied, including independent factor 0.5 and 2 variations of muR and muF apart from uncorrelated ones.
  • positive and negative PDF+alphaS variations in percent (see PDF4LHC recommendation 2015)
  • also the K factor (K=NLO/LO both with the same NLO PDFs and input parameters) should be provided

ttH specific aspects

Production of cross sections

  • Marco Zaro has volunteered to take care of the calculations
  • other groups might want to cross check the results (?)
Scale choice and variations
  • the conventional scale choice mu_R=mu_F=m_t+m_H/2 should be used for the inclusive ttH cross section.
  • note that for differential distributions at scales well above Mt a dynamical scale should be used. This is however not relevant for the total cross section.
QCD and EW corrections
  • Both NLO QCD and NLO QCD+EW predictions should be prepared.
  • (N)LO EW effects should be computed using nominal input parameters and PDFs, without any variation. For EW contributions the latest NNPDF QED set (NLO QCD+LO QED) should be used.
  • the G_mu input scheme should be used for EW corrections with G_mu, MW and MZ as defined in
  • separate K-factors K_QCD=(NLO QCD)/(LO QCD) and K_EW=(NLO QCD+EW)/(NLO QCD) should be provided; Optionally, also additional numerical results for an alternative EW K-factor defined as (NLO QCD+EW)/(LO QCD)=K_EW*K_QCD can be presented
  • At 13 TeV with Mh=125 GeV NLO EW and LO EW contributions, as well as photon- and q/g-induced contributions are of similar size (see numbers below by M.Zaro) and add up to 0.0%:.
    QCD induced gamma-induced Sum
    NLO EW -1.4% +0.2% -1.2%
    LO EW-QCD -0.4% +1.6% +1.2%
    Sum - 1.8% +1.8% 0.0%
    in addition there is a residual ~0.5% pure LO EW ttH contribution: it should be included together with the various abovementioned EW contributions.
  • we plan to discuss and decide with the WG1 conveners whether EW corrections will be included in the official predictions or presented in the dedicated YR4 section in the form of a relative correction (K_EW). The same applies to other suppressed effects of order 1% (e.g. off-shell effects, resummation effects)

tH specific aspects

Recommended singl-top+Higgs cross sections will presented only for the t-channel and s-channel processes. Results for WtH production (to date still unpublished) will be presented in a dedicated section of YR4.

Production of cross sections

  • Federico Demartin has volunteered to ake care of the calculations
  • other groups might want to cross check the results (?)


  • scale=(Mt+MH)/4
  • nominal prediction in the 5F scheme
  • scale uncertainty from full envelope of 6-point scale variations in the 5F and 4F scheme
  • standard PDF and alphaS variations (PDF4LHC15)
  • no Mb-variations (can be discussed in tH YR4 subsection)

  • scale=(Mt+MH)/2
  • nominal prediction in the 5F scheme
  • standard 6-point scale variation in the 5F scheme
* standard PDF and alphaS variations (PDF4LHC15)

Mass scan strategy: priorities for precision SM range

MH 13 TeV 14 TeV 7 TeV 8 TeV
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Top-antitop splitting of results

-- StefanoPozzorini - 2015-10-30

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Topic revision: r8 - 2015-11-26 - StefanoPozzorini
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