Quark distribution Functions
define and describe
Quark distribution function q(x) is the probability(density) of finding a quark with fraction x of the proton momentum. It can be expressed as
It is known that the proton contains up(u) and down(d) quarks. Accordingly, We have up u(x) and down d(x) quark distribution functions. u(x) is the probability that momentum fraction x is carried by a u type quark and d(x) - for a d type quark. Moreover,
u(x)dx ( d(x)dx ) is the average number of up (down) quarks which have a momentum fraction between x and x+dx.
Actually, the proton can contain an extra pair of quark - anti quarks. The original(u, d) quarks are called valence quarks and the extra ones sea quarks.we are allowed to separate the quark distribution function into a valence and a sea part,
q(x) is the unpolarized distribution function and - the polarized.
The structure functions in the quark parton model can be written in terms of quark distribution functions,
- measures the total quark number density in the nucleon, - the polarized structure function is helicity difference quark number density.
Both models, pQCD and a hyperfine perturbed constituent quark model(CQD), show that as the scaling variable
The inclusive double polarization asymmetriesin the valence region, where the scaling variable can be written in terms of polarized and unpolarized valence quark distributions,
The semi-inclusive pion electro-production asymmetries can be written in terms of the valence quark distributions
where is the measured difference of the yield from oppositely charged pions. Using the first four equation (1), (2), (3) and (4) one can construct the valence quark distribution functions.
The semi - inclusive asymmetry can be rewritten in terms of the measured semi-inclusive and asymmetries:
where is the unpolarized structure function and the scaling polarized structure function.
The last equation can be expressed as
using the nomenclature of (6) equation, we have