Indexed on: 14 Jan '16Published on: 14 Jan '16Published in: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
We report on the status an ab initio computation of the time-like splitting functions at next-to-next-to-leading order in QCD. Time-like splitting functions govern the collinear kinematics of inclusive hadron production in $e^+e^-$ annihilation and the evolution of the parton fragmentation distributions. Current knowledge about them at three loops has been inferred by means of crossing symmetry from their related space-like counterparts, the deep-inelastic structure functions and parton densities. In this approach certain parts of the off-diagonal quark-gluon splitting function are left undetermined, which calls for an independent calculation from first principles. We outline the method for calculating master integrals from differential equations which are required to attack the problem.