Semi-Inclusive Deep Inelastic Scattering processes from small to large P_T

Research paper by M. Anselmino, M. Boglione, A. Prokudin, C. Turk

Indexed on: 28 Jun '06Published on: 28 Jun '06Published in: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology


We consider the azimuthal and $P_T$ dependence of hadrons produced in unpolarized Semi-Inclusive Deep Inelastic Scattering (SIDIS) processes, within the factorized QCD parton model. It is shown that at small $P_T$ values, $P_T \lsim 1$ GeV/c, lowest order contributions, coupled to unintegrated (Transverse Momentum Dependent) quark distribution and fragmentation functions, describe all data. At larger $P_T$ values, $P_T \gsim 1$ GeV/c, the usual pQCD higher order collinear contributions dominate. Having explained the full $P_T$ range of available data, we give new detailed predictions concerning the azimuthal and $P_T$ dependence of hadrons which could be measured in ongoing or planned experiments by HERMES, COMPASS and JLab collaborations.