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\subsection{Scaling Violations in parton densities}
QCD introduces a \(Q^2\) dependence into the parton distribution functions which is calculable using the evolution equations
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\begin{eqnarray}
\frac{d~\Delta q(x,Q^2)}{d~ln Q^2} &=& \frac{\alpha_s}{2 \pi} \left[ \Delta P_{qq} \otimes \Delta q + \Delta P_{qg} \otimes \Delta g \right], \nonumber \\
\frac{d~\Delta g(x,Q^2)}{d~ln Q^2} &=& \frac{\alpha_s}{2 \pi} \left[ \Delta P_{gq} \otimes \Delta q + \Delta P_{gg} \otimes \Delta g \right].
\end{eqnarray}
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The \(\Delta P\) are polarized splitting functions calculated perturbatively in \(\alpha_s\). The original parton model equation \ref{eqn:simple-g1} for \(g_1\) becomes
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\begin{equation}
g_1(x, Q^2) = \frac{1}{2} \sum_{j} e_j^2 \left[\Delta q_j^2 + \Delta \bar{q}_j^2 + \frac{\alpha_s}{2 \pi} \left(\Delta C_j \otimes \left[\Delta q_j + \Delta \bar{q}_j\right] + \Delta C_g \otimes \Delta g\right)\right].
\label{eqn:enhanced-g1}
\end{equation}
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where the sum is over flavors and the \(\Delta C_j\) are Wilson coefficients.
Given measurements of \(g_1\) at a fixed value of \(x\) and varying \(Q^2\), one
can use \ref{eqn:enhanced-g1} to fit for the polarized gluon density. The
technique has proven very effective in unpolarized DIS, where a mix of
fixed-target and collider data provides precise measurements of the structure
functions across five decades in \(Q^2\) --- an excellent ``lever arm'' for the
evolution equations. In contrast, Figure \ref{fig:g1-versus-q2} plots the
current world data on \(g_1\). Extractions of \(\Delta g(x)\) from these
fixed-target data are prone to significant uncertainties. An example analysis
from Leader, Sidorov, and Stamenov is shown in Figure \ref{fig:g1-deltag}; in
that analysis, even the sign of the gluon polarization is not constrained by the
data. The proposed Electron Ion Collider (EIC), a polarized analogue to HERA,
would augment the current data on \(g_1\) with a broad range of high \(Q^2\)
measurements and thus dramatically improve the constraints on polarized
structure functions obtained through \(g_1\) evolution.
\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.7\textwidth]{figures/g1_x_q2}
\caption{World data on the $g_1$ structure functions of the proton, plotted
versus $Q^2$ for several values of $x$. An analysis of the variation with
$Q^2$ yields a parameterization of the polarization gluon distribution.}
% http://www2.lns.mit.edu/eic/Bruell.pdf
\label{fig:g1-versus-q2}
\end{figure}
\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.6\textwidth]{figures/lss06_deltag}
\caption{Extraction of the polarized gluon distribution from an analysis of
scaling violations in DIS and SIDIS. The gray band indicates statistical and
systematic uncertainties summed in quadrature. Analyses assuming positive,
negative, and sign-changing gluon polarization all resulted in a comparable
goodness-of-fit \cite{Leader:2006xc}}
\label{fig:g1-deltag}
\end{figure}
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