Charm Production in Deep Inelastic Scattering

Mellin Moments of Heavy Flavor Contributions to F2(x,Q^2) at NNLO
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Sebastian Klein
522 g
245x164x20 mm
Springer Theses

Presents a new and more accurate description of quark production in particle experiments

Selected by the German Physical Society for a Dissertation Award 2011

Develops new mathematical tools
Deeply Inelastic Scattering.- Heavy Quark Production in DIS.- Renormalization of Composite Operator Matrix Elements.- Representation in Different Renormalization Schemes.- Calculation of the Massive Operator Matrix Elements up to O (a s 2 _) .- Calculation of Moments at O (a 3 3 ).- Heavy Flavor Corrections to Polarized Deep-Inelastic Scattering.- Heavy Flavor Contributions to Transversity.- First Steps Towards a Calculation of A ij (3) for all Moments.- Conclusions.- Conventions.- Feynman Rules.- Special Functions.- Finite and Infinite Sums.- Moments of the Fermionic Contributions to the 3-Loop Anomalous Dimensions.- The O (_ 0 ) Contributions to _ ij (3) .- 3-Loop Moments for Transversity.
The production of heavy quarks in high-energy experiments offers a rich field to study, both experimentally and theoretically. Due to the additional quark mass, the description of these processes in the framework of perturbative QCD is much more demanding than it is for those involving only massless partons. In the last two decades, a large amount of precision data has been collected by the deep inelastic HERA experiment. In order to make full use of these data, a more precise theoretical description of charm quark production in deep inelastic scattering is needed. This work deals with the first calculation of fixed moments of the NNLO heavy flavor corrections to the proton structure function F 2 in the limit of a small charm-quark mass. The correct treatment of these terms will allow not only a more precise analysis of the HERA data, but starting from there also a more precise determination of the parton distribution functions and the strong coupling constant, which is an essential input for LHC physics.The complexity of this calculation requires the application and development of technical and mathematical methods, which are also explained here in detail.