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Why α s cannot be determined from hadronic processes without simultaneously determining the parton distributions

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Authors

Kassabov, Zahari 

Abstract

Abstract: We show that any determination of the strong coupling αs from a process which depends on parton distributions, such as hadronic processes or deep-inelastic scattering, generally does not lead to a correct result unless the parton distributions (PDFs) are determined simultaneously along with αs. We establish the result by first showing an explicit example, and then arguing that the example is representative of a generic situation which we explain using models for the shape of equal χ2 contours in the joint space of αs and the PDF parameters.

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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics

Journal Title

The European Physical Journal C

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Journal ISSN

1434-6044
1434-6052

Volume Title

80

Publisher

Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Sponsorship
H2020 European Research Council (740006)