Color dipoles from Bremsstrahlung in QCD evolution at high energy

Y. Hatta, E. Iancu, L. McLerran, A. Stasto

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We show that the recently developed Hamiltonian theory for high-energy evolution in QCD in the dilute regime and in the presence of Bremsstrahlung is consistent with the color dipole picture in the limit where the number of colors Nc is large. The color dipoles are quark-antiquark pairs which can radiate arbitrarily many soft gluons, and the evolution consists in the splitting of any such a dipole into two. We construct the color glass weight function of an onium as a superposition of color dipoles, each represented by a pair of Wilson lines. We show that the action of the Bremsstrahlung Hamiltonian on this weight function and in the large- Nc limit generates the evolution expected from the dipole picture. We construct the dipole number operator in the Hamiltonian theory and deduce the evolution equations for the dipole densities, which are again consistent with the dipole picture. We argue that the Bremsstrahlung effects beyond two gluon emission per dipole are irrelevant for the calculation of scattering amplitudes at high energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-297
Number of pages26
JournalNuclear Physics A
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 12 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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