As I understand in the deep inelastic scattering process, a collision of electron beams and protons occurs, resulting in a scattered electron. However, when the proton absorbs the virtual photon emitted by the electron, it gains more energy and mass by generating sea quarks and gluons.
But this energy can't just disappear.
Therefore I just want to ask:
i) What happens to the proton after inelastic scattering?
ii) Would it remain to still have the sea quarks and sea gluons?