Nuclear Physics & RIKEN Theory Seminar
"Large-x partons from JLab to the LHC"
Presented by Alberto Accardi, Hampton Univ. and Jefferson Lab
Friday, May 10, 2013, 2 pm
Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510
Hosted by: Vladimir Skokov
I discuss how global QCD fits of parton distribution functions can make the somewhat separated fields of high-energy particle physics and lower energy hadronic and nuclear physics interact to the benefit of both. In particular, I will argue that large rapidity gauge boson production at the Tevatron, RHIC and the LHC has the highest short-term potential to constrain the theoretical nuclear corrections to DIS data on deuteron targets necessary for up/down flavor separation. This in turn can considerably reduce the PDF uncertainty on cross section calculations of heavy mass particles such as $W'$ and $Z'$ bosons.