This paper presents updated Monte Carlo configurations used to model the production of single electroweak vector bosons (W, Z/gamma*) in association with jets in proton-proton collisions for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Improvements pertaining to the electroweak input scheme, parton-shower splitting kernels and scale-setting scheme are shown for multi-jet merged configurations accurate to next-to-leading order in the strong and electroweak couplings. The computational resources required for these set-ups are assessed, and approximations are introduced resulting in a factor three reduction of the per-event CPU time without affecting the physics modelling performance. Continuous statistical enhancement techniques are introduced by ATLAS in order to populate low cross-section regions of phase space and are shown to match or exceed the generated effective luminosity. This, together with the lower per-event CPU time, results in a 50% reduction in the required computing resources compared to a legacy set-up previously used by the ATLAS collaboration. The set-ups described in this paper will be used for future ATLAS analyses and lay the foundation for the next generation of Monte Carlo predictions for single vector-boson plus jets production.

Modelling and computational improvements to the simulation of single vector-boson plus jet processes for the ATLAS experiment

G. L. Alberghi;F. Alfonsi;E. Ballabene;L. Bellagamba;M. Bindi;D. Boscherini;G. Cabras;D. Caforio;G. Carratta;N. Cavalli;L. Clissa;L. Fabbri;M. Franchini;A. Gabrielli;B. Giacobbe;L. Massa;A. Polini;L. Rinaldi;M. Romano;