Operator analysis of p(T)-widths of TMDs

D. Boer, M.G.A. Buffing, P.J.G. Mulders

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Abstract: Transverse momentum dependent (TMD) parton distribution functions (PDFs), TMDs for short, are defined as the Fourier transform of matrix elements of non-local combinations of quark and gluon fields. The nonlocality is bridged by gauge links, which for TMDs have characteristic paths (future or past pointing), giving rise to a process dependence that breaks universality. It is possible, however, to construct sets of universal TMDs of which in a given process particular combinations are needed with calculable, process-dependent, coefficients. This occurs for both T-odd and T-even TMDs, including also the unpolarized quark and gluon TMDs. This extends the by now well-known example of T-odd TMDs that appear with opposite sign in single-spin azimuthal asymmetries in semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering or in the Drell-Yan process. In this paper we ana-lyze the cases where TMDs enter multiplied by products of two transverse momenta, which includes besides the p
Original languageEnglish
Article number053
Pages (from-to)053
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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