Treading on the cut: Semi-inclusive observables at high energy Academic Article uri icon


  • We develop the formalism for calculating semi-inclusive observables at high energy in the JIMWLK/KLWMIJ approach. This approach is valid for scattering of a small perturbative projectile on a large dense target. We consider several examples including diffractive processes, elastic and inclusive over the target degrees of freedom, scattering with fixed total transverse momentum transfer and inclusive gluon production. We discuss evolution of these observables with respect to various rapidity variables involved in their definitions (total rapidity, rapidity gap, width of diffractive interval, etc.). We also discuss the dipole model limit of these observables and derive closed simple (as opposed to functional) differential equations in this approximation. We point out that there are some interesting differences between the full JIMWLK/KLWMIJ evolution and the dipole model evolution of a diffractive cross section. In particular, we show that in the dipole approximation the target does not diffract beyond the valence rapidity interval, consistent with the intuition suggested by the Pomeron fan diagrams. On the other hand, such diffractive processes do exist in the full JIMWLK/KLWMIJ approach, albeit suppressed by the factor $1/{N}_{c}^{2}$.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006