We construct a theoretical framework to match the formulas for forward inclusive hadron productions in pA collisions in the small x saturation formalism and collinear factorization. The small x calculation can be viewed as a power series in Qs2/k 2, in which the collinear factorization result corresponds to the leading term. At high transverse momentum, the subleading correction terms are insignificant, whereas at low p, the power corrections become important and the small x resummation is essential to describe the differential cross section. We show that the familiar collinear factorization calculation can smoothly match the results from small x factorization at next-to-leading order in αs when we use exact kinematics, as opposed to the approximate kinematics in previous work. With this matching, we can describe the experimental data from the RHIC very well at high p.
|Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
|Published - Jul 24 2014
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)