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A new simple PDF parametrization: Improved description of the HERA data

  • Marco BonviniEmail author
  • Francesco Giuli
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Abstract.

We introduce a new parametrization for the parton distribution functions (PDFs) designed to be flexible in the small-x region. We implement it in the xFitter open-source PDF fitting tool, and compare it to the default xFitter parametrization, widely used for many PDF studies, and notably for the HERAPDF determination. We find that we can describe the combined inclusive HERA I+II data using NNLO theory with a significantly higher quality than HERAPDF2.0: the \(\chi^{2}\) is reduced by more than 60 units, having used only four more parameters. Our result highlights a significant parametrization bias in the default xFitter parametrization at small x, which would lead to even more dramatic effects when used for higher-energy colliders, where the small-x region is more relevant. We also find that the inclusion of small-x resummation, that was shown in previous studies to lead to similar improvements in the fit quality, further reduces the \(\chi^{2}\) by approximately 30 extra units.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INFNSezione di Roma 1RomaItaly
  2. 2.University of Rome Tor Vergata and INFNSezione di Roma 2RomaItaly

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