Exact kinematics in the small-x evolution of the color dipole and gluon cascade

Leszek Motyka, Anna M. Staśto

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The problem of kinematic effects in gluon and color dipole cascades is addressed in the large Nc limit of SU(Nc) Yang-Mills theory. We investigate the tree-level multigluon components of the gluon light-cone wave functions in the light-cone gauge keeping the exact kinematics of the gluon emissions. We focus on the components with all helicities identical to the helicity of the incoming gluon. The recurrence relations for the gluon wave functions are derived. In the case when the virtuality of the incoming gluon is neglected the exact form of the multigluon wave function is obtained. Furthermore, we propose an approximate scheme to treat the kinematic effects in the color dipole evolution kernel. The new kernel entangles longitudinal and transverse degrees of freedom and leads to a reduced diffusion in the impact parameter. When evaluated in the next-to-leading logarithmic (NLL) accuracy, the kernel reproduces the correct form of the double logarithmic terms of the dipole size ratios present in the exact NLL dipole kernel. Finally, we analyze the scattering of the incoming gluon light-cone components off a gluon target and the fragmentation of the scattered state into the final state. The equivalence of the resulting amplitudes and the maximally helicity-violating amplitudes is demonstrated in the special case when the target gluon is far in rapidity from the evolved gluon wave function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number085016
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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