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Gauld, Rhorry, Haisch, Ulrich & Pecjak, Benjamin D. (2019). Asymmetric heavy-quark hadroproduction at LHCb: predictions and applications. Journal of High Energy Physics 2019(3): 166.

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We present a phenomenological analysis of asymmetric bottom- and charm-quark production within the LHCb acceptance relevant for pp collisions at s√=13 TeV. Predictions are provided for both anti-kt bottom- and charm-jet pairs, which are kept differentially with respect to the invariant mass of the jet pair. It is quantified how data in this region can provide sensitivity to the couplings of the Z boson to heavy quarks, and we investigate what precision is needed to compete with LEP. We also discuss how asymmetry and rate measurements can provide constraints on a particular class of new-physics models, which contains gauge bosons with small/moderate couplings to light/heavy quarks and masses of the order of 100GeV. Predictions are obtained including all relevant QCD and QED/weak contributions up to next-to-leading order, which have been implemented in a Fortran code which allows to directly compute the asymmetric cross sections. We provide all relevant analytic formulas for our computations.