SM + W' and Z' at NLO in QCD

Contact Authors

Benjamin Fuks

  • LPTHE - CNRS - UPMC (Paris VI)
  • fuks AT

Richard Ruiz

  • Universite Catholique de Louvain (CP3)
  • richard.ruiz AT

Model Description

This effective model extends the Standard Model (SM) field content by introducing the massive vector fields W'+/- and Z' bosons, which are electrically charged and neutral, respectively. To remain model independent, couplings to SM gauge bosons and scalars are omitted.

Following Refs. [ 1, 2 ], the Lagrangian parameterizing the new vector bosons' couplings to up-type and down-type quark fields ui and dj is given by

\mathcal{L}^q  =
    - \frac{g}{\sqrt{2}} \sum_{i,j} \Big[
       \overline{u}_i V_{ij}^{\rm CKM}~W_\mu^{\prime+}~\gamma^\mu
       \Big(\kappa_L^{q} P_L + \kappa_R^{q}P_R\Big)~ d_j + \text{H.c.}\Big]
    - \frac{g}{\cos\theta_W} \sum_{q=u,d}\sum_i \Big[
      \overline{q}_i ~Z_\mu^\prime \gamma^\mu
      \Big(\zeta_{L}^{q}P_L + \zeta_{R}^{q}P_R\Big)q_i\Big] \ ,
+{\rm H.c.}

Here, i and j denote flavor indices, PL/R are the usual left/right-handed chirality projectors, VCKM is the CKM matrix, and g and \theta_W are the weak coupling constant and mixing angle respectively. We choose coupling normalizations facilitating the mapping to the reference Sequential Standard Model (SSM) Lagrangian {\cal L}_{\rm SSM} [ 3 ]. The real-valued quantities \kappa_{L,R}^q and \zeta_{L,R}^q serve as overall normalization of the new interactions relative to the strength of the weak coupling constant.

The interactions involving charged lepton \ell and massless neutrino \nu_\ell fields are parametrized by

\mathcal{L}^\ell =
   - \frac{g}{\sqrt{2}}\sum_i\Big[
       \overline{\nu}_{\ell_i} W_\mu^{\prime+}~\gamma^\mu
        \kappa_L^{\ell} P_L\ell_i^- + \text{H.c.}\Big]
    - \frac{g}{\cos\theta_W} \sum_{f=\ell,\nu_\ell}\sum_i \Big[
      \overline{f}_i ~Z_\mu^\prime \gamma^\mu
      \Big(\zeta_{L}^{f}P_L + \zeta_{R}^{f}P_R\Big)f_i\Big] \ .
+{\rm H.c.}

The quantities \kappa_L^\ell are real-valued and serve as normalizations for leptonic coupling strengths. As no right-handed neutrinos are present in the SM, the corresponding right-handed leptonic new physics couplings are omitted (\zeta_R^\nu = \kappa_R^\ell = 0).

From our general Lagrangians, the SSM limit is obtained by imposing the coupling strengths to be equal to the SM weak couplings up to an overall normalization factor:

  \zeta_{R,L}^{f} = \zeta_{Z_{\rm SSM}}^f \Big( g_V^f \pm g_A^f\Big)
  g_V^f = \frac{1}{2}T_L^{3,f} - Q^f\sin^2\theta_W

In the canonical SSM, the overall normalizations are further trivially fixed as

 \kappa^{q,\ell}_L=1, \qquad
 \zeta_{Z_{\rm SSM}}^{f}=1 \ .

NLO in QCD Corrections

The above Lagrangian in the Feynman Gauge was implemented into FeynRules 2.3.10. QCD renormalization and R2 rational counter terms were determined using NLOCT 1.02 and FeynArts 3.8. Feynman rules were collected into a single UFO, available below. In the UFO file, five massless quarks are assumed as well as vanishing off-diagonal CKM matrix entries. For additional details, see [ 4 ] and references therein. These additions permit tree-level calculations at LO and NLO in QCD, loop-induced calculations at LO in QCD, and NLO calculations matched to NNLL(Veto) resummation using MadGraph_aMC@NLO.

Model Files

  • Main model file. Relies on (default FR model file) being declared elsewhere.
  • vPrimeNLO_Notebook.nb: Mathematica notebook file that generates UFO file from FeynRules model files. Allows user to also run quick sanity checks (optional) on model.
  • WZPrimeAtNLOfiles.tgz: Standalone package containing, vPrimeNLO_Notebook.nb, massless.rst (default FR file), diagonalCKM.rst (default FR file), and (default FR file).


  • To download any of the packages and unpack via the terminal, use the commands:

~/Path $ wget

~/Path $ tar -zxvf VPrime_NLO_UFO.tgz

~/Path $ wget

~/Path $ tar -zxvf WZPrimeAtNLOfiles_withUFO.tgz

  • This model contains six free parameters by default:
    • Two masses: mzp, mwp, with default values of 3 TeV.
    • Two widths: wzp, wwp, with default values of 89.59 and 101.27 GeV, respectively.
    • Two coupling normalizations: kL, kR, with default values 1.0 and 0.0, respectively.


  • The model file was validated at NLO in [ 4 ] by comparing against Standard Model predictions and W' predictions from [ 5 ], as well as private LO and NLO calculations. See Table III of [ 4 ] for representative total widths that have been checked against analytic computation.

List of studies that have used the model file

  • Please email to update this space.


  • Please cite [3,4] for the model file, [4,5] for NLO corrections, and [6] for automated veto resummation.

[1] S. Gopalakrishna, T. Han, I. Lewis, Z.-G. Si and Y. F. Zhou, Chiral Couplings of W' and Top Quark Polarization at the LHC, PRD82, 115020 (2010) arXiv:1008.3508 [hep-ph]

[2] T. Han, I. Lewis, R. Ruiz and Z.-G. Si, Lepton Number Violation and W' Chiral Couplings at the LHC, PRD87, no. 3, 035011 (2013) arXiv:1211.6447 [hep-ph]

[3] G. Altarelli, B. Mele and M. Ruiz-Altaba, Searching for New Heavy Vector Bosons in p \bar{p} Colliders, Z. Phys. C45, 109 (1989), doi:10.1007/BF01556677

[4] B. Fuks, R. Ruiz, A Comprehensive Framework for Studying W' and Z' Bosons at Hadron Colliders with Automated Jet Veto Resummation, arXiv:1701.05263 [hep-ph]

[5] Z. Sullivan, Fully differential W' production and decay at next-to-leading order in QCD, PRD66, 075011 (2002), arXiv:hep-ph/0207290

[6] T. Becher, R. Frederix, M. Neubert and L. Rothen, Automated NNLL + NLO resummation for jet-veto cross sections, EPJC75, no. 4, 154 (2015) arXiv:1412.8408 [hep-ph]

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