Inelastic Axial and Vector Structure Functions for Lepton-Nucleon Scattering Update
October 20, 2022
We report on an update (2021) of a phenomenological model for inelastic neutrino- and electron-nucleon scattering cross sections using effective leading order parton distribution functions with a new scaling variable $\xi_w$. Non-perturbative effects are well described using the $\xi_w$ scaling variable in combination with multiplicative $K$ factors at low $Q^2$. The model describes all inelastic charged-lepton-nucleon scattering data (HERA/NMC/BCDMS/SLAC/JLab) ranging from very high $Q^2$ to very low $Q^2$ and down to the $Q^2=0$ photo-production region. The model has been developed to be used in analyses of neutrino oscillation experiments in the few $GeV$ region. The 2021 update accounts for the difference between axial and vector structure functions which brings it into much better agreement with neutrino-nucleon total cross section measurements. The model has been developed primarily for hadronic final state masses $W$ above 1.8 GeV. However with additional parameters the model also describes the $average$ neutrino cross sections in the resonance region down to $W$=1.4 GeV.
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