Parton distribution functions from lattice QCD using Bayes-Gauss-Fourier transforms

Floriano Manigrasso

University of Cyprus, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

We present a new method, based on Gaussian process regression, for reconstructing the continuous $x$-dependence of parton distribution functions (PDFs) from quasi-PDFs computed using lattice QCD. We examine the origin of the unphysical oscillations seen in current lattice calculations of quasi-PDFs and develop a non-parametric fitting approach to take the required Fourier transform. The method is tested on one ensemble of maximally twisted mass fermions with two light quarks. We find that with our approach oscillations of the quasi-PDF are drastically reduced. However, the final effect on the light-cone PDFs is small. This finding suggests that the deviation seen between current lattice QCD results and phenomenological determinations cannot be attributed solely on the Fourier transform.

Date & Time: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 8:30am


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