Nuclear Physics Seminar

"One-Loop Factorization for Inclusive Hadron Productions in pA Collisions"

Presented by Bowen Xiao, Penn State

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 11:00 am — Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

In this talk, I will demonstrate the one-loop factorization for inclusive hadron productions in pA collisions in the saturation formalism. The differential cross section is written into a factorization form in the coordinate space at the next-to-leading order, while the naive form of the convolution in the transverse momentum space does not hold. The rapidity divergence with small-$x$ dipole gluon distribution of the nucleus is factorized into the energy evolution of the dipole gluon distribution function, which is known as the Balitsky-Kovchegov equation. Furthermore, the collinear divergences associated with the incoming parton distribution of the nucleon and the outgoing fragmentation function of the final state hadron are factorized into the splittings of the associated parton distribution and fragmentation
functions, which allows us to reproduce the well-known DGLAP equation. The hard coefficient function, which is finite and free of divergence of any kind, is evaluated at one-loop order. This result is important, not only for
the phenomenological applications to the inclusive hadron production in p-A collisions at RHIC and future LHC experiment, but also for theoretically promoting the rigorous developments towards a complete QCD factorization in small-x physics.

Hosted by: Bjoern Schenke

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