Scaled momentum distributions for K0S KS and Λ/Λ in DIS at HERA

H. Abramowicz, I. Abt, P. Kooijman, D.S. Zotkin

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Scaled momentum distributions for the strange hadrons K0S and Λ/¯Λwere measured in deep inelastic ep scattering with the ZEUS detector at HERA using an integrated luminosity of 330 pb−1. The evolution of these distributions with the photon virtuality, Q2, was studied in the kinematic region 10 <Q2 <40000 GeV2 and 0.001 <x <0.75, where x is the Bjorken scaling variable. Clear scaling violations are observed. Predictions based on different approaches to fragmentation were compared to the measurements. Leading-logarithm parton-shower Monte Carlo calculations interfaced to the Lund string fragmentation model describe the data reasonably well in the whole range measured. Nextto- leading-order QCD calculations based on fragmentation functions, FFs, extracted from e+e− data alone, fail to describe the measurements. The calculations based on FFs extracted from a global analysis including e+e−, ep and pp data give an improved description. The measurements presented in this paper have the potential to further constrain the FFs of quarks, anti-quarks and gluons yielding K0S and Λ/¯Λ strange hadrons.
Original languageEnglish
Article number020
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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