An analysis procedure is proposed to measure the antiquark distributions in the proton over the region 0.01<x<0.1. The procedure involves the measurement of high pt asymmetric direct photon and jet final states in pp interactions. This measurement can be made at the BNL RHIC collider running in pp mode at an energy of √s = 500 GeV/c. This analysis identifies a region of phase space where the contribution from quark-antiquark annihilation uncharacteristically approaches the magnitude of the contribution from the leading process, quark-gluon Compton scattering. The forward-backward angular asymmetry in the parton center of mass is sensitive to the antiquark content of the proton and the ū parton density function can be extracted.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)