Non-Gaussian correlations in the McLerran-Venugopalan model

C. S. Lam, Gregory Mahlon

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We argue that the statistical weight function W[ρ] appearing in the McLerran-Venugopalan model of a large nucleus is intrinsically non-Gaussian, even if we neglect quantum corrections. Based on the picture where the nucleus of radius R consists of a collection of color-neutral nucleons, each of radius a≪R, we show that to leading order in αs and a/R only the Gaussian part of W[ρ] enters into the final expression for the gluon number density. Thus, the existing results in the literature which assume a Gaussian weight remain valid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number016004
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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