The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 155, Issue 1, pp 213–222 | Cite as

The total charm cross section



We assess the theoretical uncertainties on the total charm cross section. We discuss the importance of the quark mass, the scale choice and the parton densities on the estimate of the uncertainty. We conclude that due to the small charm quark mass, which amplifies the effect of varying the other parameters in the calculation, the uncertainty on the total charm cross section is difficult to quantify.


Total Cross Section European Physical Journal Special Topic Heavy Quark Theoretical Uncertainty Gluon Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsDavisUSA

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