Scaling of the F-2 Structure Function in Nuclei and Quark Distributions at x > 1


We present new data on electron scattering from a range of nuclei taken in Hall C at Jefferson Lab. For heavy nuclei, we observe a rapid falloff in the cross section for x > 1, which is sensitive to short-range contributions to the nuclear wave function, and in deep inelastic scattering corresponds to probing extremely high momentum quarks. This result agrees with higher energy muon scattering measurements, but is in sharp contrast to neutrino scattering measurements which suggested a dramatic enhancement in the distribution of the "superfast" quarks probed at x > 1. The falloff at x > 1 is noticeably stronger in H-2 and He-3, but nearly identical for all heavier nuclei.





Fomin,N.;Arrington,J.;Day,D. B.;Gaskell,D.;Daniel,A.;Seely,J.;Asaturyan,R.;Benmokhtar,F.;Boeglin,W.;Boillat,B.;Bosted,P.;Bruell,A.;Bukhari,M. H. S.;Christy,M. E.;Chudakov,E.;Clasie,B.;Connell,S. H.;Dalton,M. M.;Dutta,D.;Ent,R.;El Fassi,L.;Fenker,H.;Filippone,B. W.;Garrow,K.;Hill,C.;Holt,R. J.;Horn,T.;Jones,M. K.;Jourdan,J.;Kalantarians,N.;Keppel,C. E.;Kiselev,D.;Kotulla,M.;Lindgren,R.;Lung,A. F.;Malace,S.;Markowitz,P.;Mckee,P.;Meekins,D. G.;Miyoshi,T.;Mkrtchyan,H.;Navasardyan,T.;Niculescu,G.;Okayasu,Y.;Opper,A. K.;Perdrisat,C.;Potterveld,D. H.;Punjabi,V.;Qian,X.;Reimer,P. E.;Roche,J.;Rodriguez,V. M.;Rondon,O.;Schulte,E.;Segbefia,E.;Slifer,K.;Smith,G. R.;Solvignon,P.;Tadevosyan,V.;Tajima,S.;Tang,L.;Testa,G.;Trojer,R.;Tvaskis,V.;Vulcan,W. F.;Wasko,C.;Wesselmann,F. R.;Wood,S. A.;Wright,J.;Zheng,X.. 2010. Scaling of the F-2 Structure Function in Nuclei and Quark Distributions at x > 1. Physical Review Letters 105(21): 212502-212502.

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