We study the production of W bosons at large transverse momentum in pp collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). We calculate the complete next-to-leading order (NLO) corrections to the differential cross section. We find that the NLO corrections provide a large increase to the cross section but, surprisingly, do not reduce the scale dependence relative to leading order (LO). We also calculate next-to-next-to-leading-order (NNLO) soft-gluon corrections and find that, although they are small, they significantly reduce the scale dependence thus providing a more stable theoretical prediction.
Physical Review Letters
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Gonsalves, Richard J.; Kidonakis, Nikolaos; and Vera, Agustín Sabio, "W Production at Large Transverse Momentum at the Large Hadron Collider" (2005). Faculty Publications. 4033.