Hadronic structure of the photon at small x in holographic QCD
1 Department of Physics and Center for High Energy Physics, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li 32023, Taiwan, Republic of China
2 Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei 11529, Taiwan, Republic of China
Published online: 25 November 2016
We present our analysis on the photon structure functions at small Bjorken variable x in the framework of the holographic QCD. In the kinematic region, a photon can fluctuate into vector mesons and behaves like a hadron rather than a pointlike particle. Assuming the Pomeron exchange dominance, the dominant hadronic contribution to the structure functions is computed by convoluting the probe and target photon density distributions obtained from the wave functions of the U(1) vector field in the five-dimensional AdS space and the Brower-Polchinski-Strassler-Tan Pomeron exchange kernel. Our calculations are in agreement with both the experimental data from OPAL collaboration at LEP and those calculated from the parton distribution functions of the photon proposed by Glück, Reya, and Schienbein. The predictions presented here will be tested at future linear colliders, such as the planned International Linear Collider.
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