pQCD physics of multiparton interactions

B. Blok, Yu Dokshitzer, L. Frankfurt, M. Strikman

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We study production of two pairs of jets in hadron-hadron collisions in view of extracting contribution of double hard interactions of three and four partons (3→4, 4→4). Such interactions, in spite of being power suppressed at the level of the total cross section, become comparable with the standard hard collisions of two partons, 2→4, in the back-to-back kinematics when the transverse momentum imbalances of two pairing jets are relatively small. We express differential and total cross sections for two-dijet production in double parton collisions through the generalized two-parton distributions, 2GPDs (Block et al., Phys. Rev. D 83, 071501, 2011), and treat them in the leading logarithmic approximation of pQCD that resums collinear logarithms in all orders. A special emphasis is given to 3→4 double hard interaction processes which, being of the same order in αS as the 4→4 process, turn out to be geometrically enhanced compared to the latter and should contribute significantly to four-jet production. The framework developed here takes into systematic consideration perturbative Q2 evolution of 2GPDs. It can be used as a basis for future analysis of NLO corrections to multiparton interactions (MPI) at LHC and Tevatron colliders, in particular for improving evaluation of QCD backgrounds to new physics searches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1963
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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