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ttbar + jets

The idea is to compare the latest version of all generators to be able to see what the current status of the predictions is. So far, this has never been done for top pair production, including multi-jet merging.

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The set-up is the following:

  • 13 TeV.
  • di-lepton top decays, with decays to e+mu, e+e and mu+mu.
  • Including hadronisation and underlying event/MPI.
  • Use MC truth for top reconstruction, i.e., the lepton, neutrino and b-jet momentum, using the “ghost” particle definition. The leptons have to have |eta(l)|<2.4 and pT(l)>20 GeV, b-jets must have |eta(b)|<2.4 and pT(b)>30GeV. Standard rivet dressing for the leptons with cone 0.1 (for both electrons and muons)
  • Jets (“j”) are defined with anti-kT algorithm, DeltaR=0.4, pT(jet)>30GeV and |eta|<4.7.
  • b-jets (“b”) have pT(jet)>30GeV and |eta|<2.4.
  • Light jets (“lj”) have pT(jet)>30GeV and |eta|<4.7, but do not contain a b, even if it's in the region 2.4<|eta|<4.7.


  • pT(top)
  • pT(ttbar)
  • pT(ttbar+jet)
  • m(t,tbar)
  • m(top)
  • DeltaPhi(l1,l2)
  • DeltaPhi(lj1,lj2)
  • m(b1,b2)
  • # of jets
  • # of b-jets
  • # of light jets
  • pT(j1), pT(j2), pT(j3), pT(j4)
  • pT(b1), pT(b2), pT(b3), pT(b4)
  • pT(lj1), pT(lj2), pT(lj3), pT(lj4)
  • asymmetries:
    • lepton
    • ttbar
  • Gap fraction: Q0, inclusive in Delta y
  • tt+jets as background to ttH. Input from the ttH Working Group here.

Samples generated by:


  • MadGraph5_aMC@NLO + Pythia8 with FxFx merging up to 2 extra jets at NLO
  • POWHEG+Pythia8 inclusive ttbar


  • POWHEG+pythia8 & 6, inclusive ttbar

Rikkert Frederix:

  • MadGraph5_aMC@NLO + Pythia8, inclusive ttbar

Simone Alioli:

  • POWHEG+Pythia8 ttbar+0,1jet, with MinLo

Stefan Prestel:

  • Pythia8+UNLOPS merging up to 2 extra jets at NLO

Marek Schoenherr:

  • Sherpa+OpenLoops with merging up to 2 extra jets at NLO

Christian Reuschle:

  • Herwig++ (using e.g. MG5+OpenLoops) ttbar+0j NLO matched and ttbar+1j NLO matched

Existing CMS rivet routines for ttbar

Available CMS Monte Carlo samples: with NNPDF30NLO (5 flavour, alphas=0.118), top mass=172.5 GeV, TuneCUETP8M1 (Tune:ee 7, Tune:pp 18)

Powheg+Pythia8.205 ttbar card: tt_hdamp_nnpdf30_13tev_powheg.input.txt

madgraph_aMC@NLO+Pythia8.205 0,1,2 jets NLO merged cards: tt012j_5f_ckm_nlo_fxfx_customizecards.dat.txt tt012j_5f_ckm_nlo_fxfx_proc_card.dat.txt tt012j_5f_ckm_nlo_fxfx_run_card.dat.txt tt012j_5f_ckm_nlo_fxfx_madspin_card.dat.txt

2015/groups/tools/ttjets.1433844463.txt.gz · Last modified: 2015/06/09 12:07 by rikkert.frederix