Heavy Quark Production at an Electron-Ion Collider

E. Chudakov, D. Higinbotham, Ch Hyde, S. Furletov, Yu Furletova, D. Nguyen, M. Stratmann, M. Strikman, C. Weiss

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An Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) with center-of-mass energies √se N ∼ 20-100 GeV and luminosity L ∼ 1034 cm-2 s-1 would offer new opportunities to study heavy quark production in high-energy electron or photon scattering on protons and nuclei. We report about an R&D project exploring the feasibility of direct measurements of nuclear gluon densities at x >∼ 0.1 (gluonic EMC effect, antishadowing) using open charm production at EIC. We describe the charm production rates and angle-momentum distributions at large x and discuss methods of charm reconstruction using next-generation detector capabilities (π/K identification, vertex reconstruction). The results could be used also for other physics applications of heavy quark production at EIC (fragmentation functions, jets, heavy quark propagation in nuclei).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012042
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 9 2016
Event12th International Conference on Beauty, Charm, and Hyperons in Hadronic Interactions, BEACH 2016 - Fairfax, United States
Duration: Jun 12 2016Jun 18 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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