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Pion and Kaon parton distributions in the QCD instanton vacuum

By Arthur Kock, Yizhuang Liu and Ismail Zahed


We discuss a general diagrammatic description of n-point functions in the QCD instanton vacuum that resums planar diagrams, enforces gauge invariance and spontaneously broken chiral symmetry. We use these diagrammatic rules to derive the pion and kaon quasi-parton amplitude and distribution functions at leading order in the instanton packing fraction for large but finite momentum. The instanton and anti-instanton zero modes and non-zero modes are found to contribute to the quasi-distributions, but the latter are shown to drop out in the large momentum limit. The pertinent pion and kaon parton distribution amplitudes and functions are made explicit at the low renormalization scale fixed by the inverse instanton size. Assuming that factorization holds, the pion parton distributions are evolved to higher renormalization scales with one-loop DGLAP and compared to existing data.Comment: 28 pages, 14 figure

Topics: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, Nuclear Theory
Publisher: 'American Physical Society (APS)'
Year: 2020
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevD.102.014039
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