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Resummation of Threshold Corrections in QCD to Power Accuracy: The Drell-Yan Cross Section as a Case Study


Resummation of large infrared logarithms in perturbation theory can, in certain circumstances, enhance the sensitivity to small gluon momenta and introduce spurious nonperturbative contributions. In particular, different procedures -- equivalent in perturbation theory -- to organize this resummation can differ by $1/Q$ power corrections. The question arises whether one can formulate resummation procedures that are explicitly consistent with the infrared behaviour of finite-order Feynman diagrams. We explain how this problem can be treated and resolved in Drell-Yan (lepton pair) production and briefly discuss more complicated cases, such as top quark production and event shape variables in the $e^+e^-$ annihilation.

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