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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0550321311001842
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-363
Number of pages68
JournalNuclear physics b
Volume849
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2011

Abstract

We present a determination of the parton distributions of the nucleon from a global set of hard scattering data using the NNPDF methodology including heavy quark mass effects: NNPDF2.1. In comparison to the previous NNPDF2.0 parton determination, the dataset is enlarged to include deep--inelastic charm structure function data. We implement the FONLL-A general-mass scheme in the FastKernel framework and assess its accuracy by comparison to the Les Houches heavy quark benchmarks. We discuss the impact on parton distributions of the treatment of the heavy quark masses, and we provide a determination of the uncertainty in the parton distributions due to uncertainty in the masses. We assess the impact of these uncertainties on LHC observables by providing parton sets with different values of the charm and bottom quark masses. Finally, we construct and discuss parton sets with a fixed number of flavours.

    Research areas

  • Parton distributions, Quantum chromodynamics, LHC, Collider physics, DEEP-INELASTIC-SCATTERING, DEUTERON STRUCTURE FUNCTIONS, D-ASTERISK(+/-) MESON PRODUCTION, HIGH STATISTICS MEASUREMENT, PROTON STRUCTURE-FUNCTION, CHARM PRODUCTION, MUON SCATTERING, HIGH Q2, HERA, QCD

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