A variable flavour number scheme for charged current heavy flavour structure functions

  • R.S. Thorne
  • R.G. Roberts
Theoretical physics


The Thorne-Roberts variable flavour number scheme (VFNS) for heavy quarks is presented in detail for the specific case of charged current DIS. As in neutral current DIS this provides a smooth extrapolation from the fixed flavour number scheme (FFNS) appropriate at low \(Q^2\) to the zero-mass variable flavour number scheme (ZM-VFNS) appropriate as \(Q^2 \to \infty\), and differs from alternative versions of a VFNS by the definition of the coefficient functions at each order, and the strict ordering of the expansion in \(\alpha_S\). However, there are subtle differences from the neutral current case which are addressed here. We discuss both the LO and NLO expressions, the latter unfortunately requiring some (minimal) modelling due to the current lack of some necessary \({\cal O}(\alpha^2_S)\) FFNS coefficient functions.


Structure Function Heavy Quark Subtle Difference Current Case Coefficient Function 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • R.S. Thorne
    • 1
  • R.G. Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK GB
  2. 2.Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0QX, UK GB

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