The LHC can probe small x PDFs; the treatment of the infrared region
- Conference date: 10–15 September 2012
- Location: Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
First, we show how to reduce the sensitivity of the NLO predictions of the Drell-Yan production of low-mass, lepton-pairs, at high rapidity, to the choice of factorization scale. In this way, observations of this process at the LHC can make direct measurements of parton distribution functions in the low x domain; x ≲10−4. Second, we find an inconsistency in the conventional NLO treatment of the infrared region. We illustrate the problem using the NLO coefficient function of Drell-Yan production.
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