Exploring phase space with Neural Importance Sampling

Enrico Bothmann, Timo Janßen, Max Knobbe, Tobias Schmale, Steffen Schumann

SciPost Phys. 8, 069 (2020) · published 29 April 2020

Abstract

We present a novel approach for the integration of scattering cross sections and the generation of partonic event samples in high-energy physics. We propose an importance sampling technique capable of overcoming typical deficiencies of existing approaches by incorporating neural networks. The method guarantees full phase space coverage and the exact reproduction of the desired target distribution, in our case given by the squared transition matrix element. We study the performance of the algorithm for a few representative examples, including top-quark pair production and gluon scattering into three- and four-gluon final states.

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