We investigate the extent to which Drell-Yan processes may be used to shed light on the d over u asymmetry in a proton, as implied by the recent finding of the New Muon Collaboration. To this end, we consider the Drell-Yan production experiment either with an 800 GeV proton beam or with a 200 GeV or K beam, readily feasible at Fermilab (as a fixed target experiment). Numerical results indicate that the measurement of the pN (proton-to-nucleon, i.e., normalized proton-to-deuteron) Drell-Yan production cross-section ratio is a suitable choice for unraveling the d over u asymmetry in a proton. The results also suggest that an experiment with a 200 GeV - or K- beam is not suitable for this particular purpose although the calculated ratio differs significantly from unity.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)