Intrinsic charm in a matched general-mass scheme

Richard D. Ball, Valerio Bertone, Marco Bonvini, Stefano Forte, Patrick Groth Merrild, Juan Rojo, Luca Rottoli

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The FONLL general-mass variable-flavour number scheme provides a framework for the matching of a calculation in which a heavy quark is treated as a massless parton to one in which the mass dependence is retained throughout. We describe how the usual formulation of FONLL can be extended in such a way that the heavy quark parton distribution functions are freely parameterized at some initial scale, rather than being generated entirely perturbatively. We specifically consider the case of deep-inelastic scattering, in view of applications to PDF determination, and the possible impact of a fitted charm quark distribution on F2c is assessed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-58
JournalPhysics Letters B
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2016

Bibliographical note

16 pages, 5 figures. Final version, to be published in Physics Letters B. Typo in eq 13 corrected, minor clarifications added


  • hep-ph


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