Pion-nucleus Drell-Yan data as a novel constraint for nuclear PDFs

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Paakkinen , P , Eskola , K J & Paukkunen , H 2017 , ' Pion-nucleus Drell-Yan data as a novel constraint for nuclear PDFs ' , PoS Proceedings of Science .

Title: Pion-nucleus Drell-Yan data as a novel constraint for nuclear PDFs
Author: Paakkinen, P.; Eskola, K.J.; Paukkunen, H.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University Management
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 4
Belongs to series: PoS Proceedings of Science
ISSN: 1824-8039
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299554
Abstract: We have studied the prospects of using the Drell-Yan dilepton process in pion-nucleus collisions as a novel input in the global analysis of nuclear parton distribution functions (nPDFs). In a NLO QCD framework, we find the measured nuclear cross-section ratios from the NA3, NA10 and E615 experiments to be largely insensitive to the pion parton distributions and also compatible with the EPS09 and nCTEQ15 nPDFs. These data sets can thus be, and in EPPS16 have been, included in global nPDF analyses without introducing significant new theoretical uncertainties or tension with the other data. In particular, we explore the constraining power of these data sets on the possible flavour asymmetry in the valence-quark nuclear modifications. Moreover, using the COMPASS kinematics we present predictions for pion charge-difference ratio, a new measurable which could help to further constrain this asymmetry. © 2017 Copyright owned by the author(s) under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Subject: Distribution functions
Inelastic scattering
Uncertainty analysis, Charge difference
Global analysis
Nuclear cross sections
Nuclear modification
Nuclear parton distribution functions
Parton distributions, Elementary particles
114 Physical sciences

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