# alpha_qed seems to be calculated with zero widths in loop_qcd_qed_sm_Gmu

Dear MadGraph collaboration,

My problem is the following:

For the process pp -> e+ ν_e μ ν_μ which is at O(α^4) I found the following LO cross section for MG5:

total cross section (MG5) = 5.08170e-01 +- 7.1e-05 pb

Here I used the complex mass scheme and imported the model "loop_qcd_

I did the same with Whizard+OpenLoops for the same parameters and cuts and I got:

total cross section (Whizard+OL) = 5.09334e-01 +- 1.54e-04 pb

Since the deviation is about 7σ, I (of course) checked again all the parameters/cuts but did not find anything which differs. However I then looked more specifically on the α which is calculated for both cases. In the "alllogs_

mdl_aEW = (7.555435400197

While for WHIZARD, the α, which is calculated from OpenLoops and is used for the matrix elements, is:

alpha_qed_gmu = 7.5590620203331

When I calculate the ratio of these different values and take it to the power of 4 I get ≈1.0019, which would explain the 0.2% difference in the cross sections at LO for the process.

So this inconsistency in the alpha_qed drives me to the question which alpha is actually correct from the theory point of view. So I calculated it by hand from formula (5.59) from arXiv: 1804.10017.

Taking into account all the masses and widths as demanded I get

And I also calculated how α would look without any widths (and I set them to 0):

So I conclude from this, since the mdl_aEW output from MG5 is the same as value B, that somehow the widths get lost in the MG5 run. Again, indeed I set them different from 0 in the param_card. All the schemes/models are set correctly, i.e. the complex mass scheme and the model "loop_qcd_

1. Is the formula (5.59) indeed used in the model in MG for calculating alpha and does it take into account all the non-zero widths? Does the output mdl_aEW just correspond to a different scheme but actually is not used explicitly in the calculation of the cross sections?

2. I see in my old process folders in MG for which I used the same input values in the param_card (and also applied the complex mass scheme and took the model "loop_qcd_

3. Our institutes' cluster was upgraded to Ubuntu 20 in the meantime too so the installation of MadGraph I am using now is different than it was in my first attempt. I really tried a lot of times to reinstall MG5 and set up everything as in my first attempt. I also did this with different gfortran compilers (v7 on the cluster and v5 on my local computer). It's very unlikely but can it be that some files are not correctly compiled due to a wrong compiler version or anything like this?

I would be very glad if you can give any hints. Thanks already for considering!

Cheers,

Pia

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