The dependence of dijet production on photon virtuality in ep collisions at HERA Academic Article uri icon


  • The dependence of dijet production on the virtuality of the exchanged photon, Q2, has been studied by measuring dijet cross sections in the range 0 Q2 < 2000 GeV2 with the ZEUS detector at HERA using an integrated luminosity of 38.6 pb-1. Dijet cross sections were measured for jets with transverse energy ETjet > 7.5 and 6.5 GeV and pseudorapidities in the photon-proton centre-of-mass frame in the range -3 < jet < 0. The variable xobs, a measure of the photon momentum entering the hard process, was used to enhance the sensitivity of the measurement to the photon structure. The Q2 dependence of the ratio of low- to high-xobs events was measured. Next-to-leading-order QCD predictions were found to generally underestimate the low-xobs contribution relative to that at high xobs. Monte Carlo models based on leading-logarithmic parton-showers, using a partonic structure for the photon which falls smoothly with increasing Q2, provide a qualitative description of the data. Springer-Verlag / Societ Italiana di Fisica 2004.

published proceedings

  • European Physical Journal C

author list (cited authors)

  • The ZEUS Collaboration.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

publication date

  • July 2004