Self-consistent determination of proton and nuclear PDFs at the Electron Ion Collider

Rabah Abdul Khalek, Jacob J. Ethier, Emanuele R. Nocera, Juan Rojo

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Abstract

We quantify the impact of unpolarized lepton-proton and lepton-nucleus inclusive deep-inelastic scattering (DIS) cross section measurements from the future Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) on the proton and nuclear parton distribution functions (PDFs). To this purpose we include neutral- and charged-current DIS pseudodata in a self-consistent set of proton and nuclear global PDF determinations based on the NNPDF methodology. We demonstrate that the EIC measurements will reduce the uncertainty of the light quark PDFs of the proton at large values of the momentum fraction $x$, and, more significantly, of the quark and gluon PDFs of heavy nuclei, especially at small and large $x$. We illustrate the implications of the improved precision of nuclear PDFs for the interaction of ultra-high energy cosmic neutrinos with matter.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review D. Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

11 pages, 5 figures, In the context of the Electron-Ion collider yellow report

Keywords

  • hep-ph

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