DE FLORIAN Daniel Enrique
Extraction of Spin-Dependent Parton Densities and their Uncertainties
DANIEL DE FLORIAN, M.STRATMANN, R.SASSOT, W.VOEGELSANG
PHYSICAL REVIEW D - PARTICLE AND FILDS
American Physical Society
Año: 2009 vol. 80 p. 1 - 1
We discuss techniques and results for the extraction of the nucleons spin-dependent parton distributions and their uncertainties from data for polarized deep-inelastic lepton-nucleon and proton-proton scattering by means of a global QCD analysis. Computational methods are described that significantly increase the speed of the required calculations to a level that allows one to perform the full analysis consistently at next-to-leading order accuracy. We examine how the various data sets help to constrain different aspects of the quark, antiquark, and gluon helicity distributions. Uncertainty estimates are performed using both the Lagrange multiplier and the Hessian approaches. We use the extracted parton distribution functions and their estimated uncertainties to predict spin asymmetries for high-transverse momentum pion and jet production in polarized proton-proton collisions at 500 GeV center-of-mass system energy at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, as well as for W boson production.