Charge Symmetry Breaking in Parton Distribution Functions from Lattice QCD

Roger Horsley, Yoshifumi Nakamura, Dirk Pleiter, Paul Rakow, Gerrit Schierholz, Hinnerk Stuben, Andrew Thomas, Frank winter, Ross Young, James Zanotti

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By determining the quark momentum fractions of the octet baryons from N_f=2+1 lattice simulations, we are able to predict the degree of charge symmetry violation in the parton distribution functions of the nucleon. This is of importance, not only as a probe of our understanding of the non-perturbative structure of the proton but also because such a violation constrains the accuracy of global fits to parton distribution functions and hence the accuracy with which, for example, cross sections at the LHC can be predicted. A violation of charge symmetry may also be critical in cases where symmetries are used to guide the search for physics beyond the Standard Model
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)051501
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review D
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2010


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