### Running quark masses

The bottom quark mass input for VBFNLO is the pole mass, $M_{b}$. This is converted to the $\overline{MS}$ mass as usual:

\begin{equation} \overline{m}_{b} (M_{b}) = M_{b} \left( 1 - \frac{4}{3} \frac{\alpha_{s}(M_{b})}{\pi} + \left(1.0414N_{f} - 14.3323\right) \frac{\alpha_{s}^{2}(M_{b})}{\pi^{2}}\right). \end{equation}

As described in , the evolution of $m_{b}$ up to a reference scale $\mu$ can be described as

\begin{equation} \setcounter{equation}{2} \overline{m}_b (\mu)= \overline{m}_b \left(m_b\right) \frac{c\big[\alpha_s(\mu) /\pi \big]}{c\big[\alpha_s(m_b) / \pi \big]} . \end{equation}

For the coefficient function $c$, the five flavor approximation [2,3] within the mass range $m_b < \mu < m_t$,

\begin{equation} \setcounter{equation}{3} c(x)=\left(\frac{23}{6} \, x \right)^{\frac{12}{23}} \big[1+1.17549 \, x+1.50071 \, x^2 +0.172478 \, x^3 \big]~, \end{equation}

is used. Further evolution of $\overline{m}_b$ to a renormalization scale $\mu>m_t$ can be performed safely within the five flavor approximation, because the deviation to the six flavor scheme is less than 1% for $\mu<600$ GeV.

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