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Charm Production in Deep Inelastic Scattering

Mellin Moments of Heavy Flavor Contributions to F2(x,Q^2) at NNLO

  • 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


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sebastian Klein
    Pages 1-16
  3. Sebastian Klein
    Pages 17-46
  4. Sebastian Klein
    Pages 47-61
  5. Sebastian Klein
    Pages 133-145
  6. Sebastian Klein
    Pages 163-170
  7. Sebastian Klein
    Pages 183-186
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 187-241

About this book


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 F2 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.


Heavy flavor/quark/charm production Higher order calculations in QCD NNLO splitting functions/anomalous dimensions Renormalization of composite operators Summation techniques

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Center of PhysicsInst. for Theoretical Particle PhysicsAachenGermany

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