Semi-inclusive deep-inelastic scattering, parton distributions, and fragmentation functions at a future electron-ion collider

Aschenauer, Elke C. (Physics Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973, USA) ; Borsa, Ignacio (Departamento de Física and IFIBA, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellón 1 (1428) Buenos Aires, Argentina) ; Sassot, Rodolfo (Departamento de Física and IFIBA, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellón 1 (1428) Buenos Aires, Argentina) ; Van Hulse, Charlotte (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain and School of Physics, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)

07 May 2019

Abstract: We present a quantitative assessment of the impact a future electron-ion collider would have in the determination of parton distribution functions in the proton and parton-to-hadron fragmentation functions through semi-inclusive deep-inelastic electron-proton scattering data. Specifically, we estimate the kinematic regions for which the forthcoming data are expected to have the most significant impact in the precision of these distributions, computing the respective correlation and sensitivity coefficients. Using a reweighting technique for the sets of simulated data with their realistic uncertainties for two different center-of-mass energies, we analyze the resulting new sets of parton distribution functions and fragmentation functions, which have significantly reduced uncertainties.


Published in: Physical Review D 99 (2019)
Published by: APS
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.99.094004
arXiv: 1902.10663
License: CC-BY-4.0



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