Probing nuclear gluons with heavy flavors at an Electron-Ion Collider

Apr 12, 2016, 6:10 PM
SR3 (DESY Hamburg)


DESY Hamburg

Heavy Flavours (Charm, Beauty and Top) WG4 Heavy Flavours


Christian Weiss (Jefferson Lab)


We study the prospects for measuring nuclear modifications of the gluon density (gluonic EMC effect, antishadowing, shadowing) using open heavy flavor production (charm, beauty) at a future Electron-Ion Collider (EIC). Such direct measurements complement indirect studies of nuclear gluons through DGLAP evolution and could substantially advance our understanding of QCD in nuclei. Building on the experience with HERA, we discuss (a) the expected heavy quark production rates on nuclei at EIC; (b) the possible methods of charm/beauty reconstruction at EIC and their requirements; (c) prospects of open charm/beauty measurements at x > 0.1; (d) specifics of nuclear ratio measurements of heavy meson production. We report about results from an on-going R&D project dedicated to heavy flavor production at EIC (process simulations, physics impact).

Primary author

Christian Weiss (Jefferson Lab)


Charles Hyde (Old Dominion University) Dien Nguyen (University of Virginia) Doug Higinbotham (Jefferson Lab) Eugene Chudakov (Jefferson Lab) Marco Stratmann (University at Tubingen) Mark Strikman (Penn State University) Sergey Furletov (Jefferson Lab) Yulia Furletova (Jefferson Lab)

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