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We present several key steps towards the computation of differential Higgs boson cross sections at N3LO in perturbative QCD. Specifically, we work in the framework of Higgs-differential cross sections that allows to compute precise predictions for realistic LHC observables. We demonstrate how to perform an expansion of the analytic N3LO coefficient functions around the production threshold of the Higgs boson. Our framework allows us to compute to arbitrarily high order in the threshold expansion and we explicitly obtain the first two expansion coefficients in analytic form. Furthermore, we assess the phenomenological viability of threshold expansions for differential distributions. We find that while a few terms in the threshold expansion are sufficient to approximate the exact rapidity distribution well, transverse momentum distributions require a signficantly higher number of terms in the expansion to be adequately described. We find that to improve state of the art predictions for the rapidity distribution beyond NNLO even more sub-leading terms in the threshold expansion than presented in this article are required. In addition, we report on an interesting obstacle for the computation of N3LO corrections with LHAPDF parton distribution functions and our solution. We provide files containing the analytic expressions for the partonic cross sections as supplementary material attached to this paper Show more
Journal / seriesJournal of High Energy Physics
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SubjectHiggs Physics; Perturbative QCD
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