Stuff From PhD Proposal
Deep inelastic scattering (DIS) of electrons by hadrons is a powerful tool for understanding the structure of the nucleon. When the momentum transferred to the target hadron is larger than the hadron mass, the inelastic scattering can be considered as the incoherent sum of the elastic scattering off the hadron constituents.
The way to think of this is that the electron hits the target with a photon whose momentum is the amount of momentum transfered. If the photons wavelength is a lot less than the size of the target (1 fermi or 200 Mev) then you see the constituents
In the quark parton model, a proton is described in terms of fractionally charged constituents called up (u) and down (d) quarks. QCD extends the list of constituents to include antiquarks with all constituents interacting through the exchange of neutrally charged gluons. The QCD picture of a nucleon in terms of three valence quarks and a sea of quark-antiquark pairs has been supported by several deep inelastic scattering experiments [ CERN, SLAC, HERMES]
In deep inelastic electron scattering, the high energy electron with initial energy
Using Fragmentation function
The semi-inclusive cross sections can be expressed in terms of the quark distribution functions and fragmentation functions:
Related measured asymmetry as we have for inclusive DISis introduced for semi-inclusive asymmetry too, which is written in terms of fragmentation functions and quark helicity densities:
In the last equation factoring out the ratio of polarized to unpolarized quark distribution functions and introducing new term, so called purity, which is the probability that in the case when the beam and target are unpolarized after the scattering the created hadron type of h is detected in the final state is the result of probing a quark q in the nucleon. "The purities are extracted from the Monte Carlo simulation". So the above equation can be rewritten in the following manner:
where purities are defined following way:
The double-spin asymmetrycan be written in a matrix form:
where represents the measured asymmetries for different targets and the final states of the detected hadron: and the polarization information for different flavors of quarks and antiquarks is in vector: . When the Bjorken scaling variable , region where the sea quark contribution is zero.