Non-perturbative contribution to the thrust distribution in e+ e- annihilation

R. A. Davison, B. R. Webber

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We re-evaluate the non-perturbative contribution to the thrust distribution in e+ e-→ hadrons, in the light of the latest experimental data and the recent NNLO perturbative calculation of this quantity. By extending the calculation to NNLO+NLL accuracy, we perform the most detailed study to date of the effects of non-perturbative physics on this observable. In particular, we investigate how well a model based on a low-scale QCD effective coupling can account for such effects. We find that the difference between the improved perturbative distribution and the experimental data is consistent with a 1/Q-dependent non-perturbative shift in the distribution, as predicted by the effective coupling model. Best fit values of α s (91.2 GeV)=0.1164 -0.0026 +0.0028 and α 0(2 GeV)=0.59±0.03 are obtained with χ 2/d.o.f.=1.09. This is consistent with NLO+NLL results but the quality of fit is improved. The agreement in α 0 is non-trivial because a part of the 1/Q-dependent contribution (the infrared renormalon) is included in the NNLO perturbative correction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-25
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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