CGC/saturation approach: A new impact-parameter dependent model

Carlos Contreras, Eugene Levin*, Irina Potashnikova

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In this paper we propose a new impact-parameter dependent CGC/saturation model. We introduce two new features in the model that make it consistent with what we know theoretically about the deep inelastic scattering. They are: the use of the exact form of the solution to the non-linear (BK) equation, whereas in all previous attempts only the form of r2Qs2 dependence, has been taken into account; and the large impact parameter dependence, through the b-dependence of the saturation momentum which reproduce the correct behavior of the amplitude at large impact parameters b (A∝exp(-μb)) as well as at large momentum transferred QT (A decreases as a power of QT as it follows from perturbative QCD). These improvements compared to all previous attempts to build such models allow us to claim, that the experimental data are in accord with the prediction of CGC/saturation approach while previously, based on similar models, we could only conclude that the DIS data, perhaps, can be described by introducing the shadowing corrections at small photon virtualities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalNuclear Physics A
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2016


FundersFunder number
British Skin Foundation2012124
Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico1140842, 1130549


    • CGC/saturation approach
    • Deep inelastic structure function
    • Diffraction at high energies
    • Impact parameter dependence of the scattering amplitude
    • Solution to non-linear equation


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