Nucleon tensor charge from Collins azimuthal asymmetry measurements

Zhong Bo Kang, Alexei Prokudin, Peng Sun, Feng Yuan

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We investigate the nucleon tensor charge from current experiments by a combined analysis of the Collins asymmetries in two hadron production in e+e-annihilations and semi-inclusive hadron production in deep inelastic scattering processes. The transverse momentum dependent evolution is taken into account, for the first time, in the global fit of the Collins fragmentation functions and the quark transversity distributions at the approximate next-to-leading logarithmic order. We obtain the nucleon tensor charge contribution from up and down quarks as δu=+0.30-0.08+0.12 and δd=-0.20-0.11+0.28 at 90% confidence level for momentum fraction 0.0065≤xB≤0.35 and Q2=10GeV2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number071501
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 6 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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