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Precision determination of alpha(S)(M-Z) using an unbiased global NLO parton set

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-352
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2011


We determine the strong coupling as from a next-to-leading order analysis of processes used for the NNPDF2.1 parton determination, which includes data from neutral and charged current deep-inelastic scattering, Drell-Yan and inclusive jet production. We find alpha(S)(M-Z) = 0.1191 +/- 0.0006(exp), where the uncertainty includes all statistical and systematic experimental uncertainties, but not purely theoretical uncertainties, which are expected to be rather larger. We study the dependence of the results on the dataset, by providing further determinations based respectively on deep-inelastic data only, and on HERA data only. The deep-inelastic fit gives the consistent result alpha(S)(M-Z) = 0.1177 +/- 0.0009(exp), but the result of the HERA-only fit is only marginally consistent. We provide evidence that individual data subsets can have runaway directions due to poorly determined PDFs, thus suggesting that a global dataset is necessary for a reliable determination. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Research areas

  • QCD, Collider, Parton distributions, Strong coupling constant, DEEP-INELASTIC SCATTERING, DISTRIBUTIONS, QUARKS, HERA

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