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The LHCb collaboration has recently performed a measurement of the production rate of inclusive B hadron production (pp → BX) at both 7 and 13 TeV centre-of-mass (CoM) energies. As part of this measurement, the ratio of these two cross section measurements has been presented differentially in B hadron pseudorapidity within the range of ηB ∈ [2.0, 5.0]. A large tension (4σ) is observed for the ratio measurement in the lower pseudorapidity range of ηB ∈ [2.0, 3.0], where the data is observed to exceed theoretical predictions, while consistency is found at larger ηB values. This behaviour is not expected within perturbative QCD, and can only be achieved by introducing ad-hoc features into the structure of the non-perturbative gluon PDF within the region of x ∈ [10−3, 10−4]. Specifically, the gluon PDF must grow extremely quickly with decreasing x within this kinematic range, closely followed by a period of decelerated growth. However, such behaviour is highly disfavoured by global fits of proton structure. Further studies of the available LHCb B and D hadron cross section data, available for a range of CoM energies, indicate systematic tension in the (pseudo)rapidity region of [2.0, 2.5] Show more
Journal / seriesJournal of High Energy Physics
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