Four-loop splitting functions in QCD -- The quark-quark case

G. Falcioni, F. Herzog, S. Moch*, A. Vogt

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We have computed the even-N moments N ≤ 20 of the pure-singlet quark splitting function Pps at the fourth order of perturbative QCD via the anomalous dimensions of off-shell flavour-singlet operator matrix elements. Our results, derived analytically for a general gauge group, agree with all results
obtained for this function so far, in particular with the lowest six even moments obtained via physical cross sections. Using these results and all available endpoint constraints, we construct approximations for Pps at four loops that should be sufficient for most collider-physics applications. Together with the known results for the non-singlet splitting function P+ns at this order, this effectively completes the quark-quark contribution for the evolution of parton distribution at N3LO accuracy. Our new results thus provide a major step towards fully consistent N3LO calculations at the LHC and the reduction of the residual uncertainty in the parton evolution to the percent level.
Original languageEnglish
Article number137944
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics Letters B
Early online date11 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2023

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