Geometric scaling at BNL RHIC and CERN LHC

Daniël Boer, Andre Utermann, Erik Wessels

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Abstract

We present a new phenomenological model of the dipole scattering amplitude to demonstrate that the RHIC data for hadron production in d- Au collisions for all available rapidities are compatible with geometric scaling, just like the small- x inclusive deep inelastic scattering data. A detailed comparison with earlier geometric scaling violating models of the dipole scattering amplitude in terms of an anomalous dimension gamma is made. In order to establish whether the geometric scaling violations expected from small- x evolution equations are present in the data a much larger range in transverse momentum and rapidity must be probed. Predictions for hadron production in p- Pb and p- p collisions at LHC are given. We point out that the falloff of the transverse momentum distribution at LHC is a sensitive probe of the variation of gamma in a region where x is much smaller than at RHIC. In this way, the expectation for the rise of gamma from small- x evolution can be tested.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054014
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume77
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • GLUON DISTRIBUTION-FUNCTIONS
  • WEIZSACKER-WILLIAMS FIELD
  • COLOR GLASS CONDENSATE
  • GLOBAL QCD ANALYSIS
  • SATURATION MOMENTUM
  • SEMIHARD PROCESSES
  • PARTON SATURATION
  • ENERGY-DEPENDENCE
  • LARGE NUCLEUS
  • SMALL-X

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