QCD evolution of the gluon density in a nucleus

A. L. Ayala*, M. B. Gay Ducati, E. M. Levin

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The Glauber approach to the gluon density in a nucleus, suggested by A. Mueller, is developed and studied in detail. Using the GRV parameterization for the gluon density in a nucleon, the value as well as energy and Q2 dependence of the gluon density in a nucleus is calculated. It is shown that the shadowing corrections are under theoretical control and are essential in the region of small x. They crucially change the value of the gluon density as well as the value of the anomalous dimension of the nuclear structure function, unlike that of the nucleon. The systematic theoretical way to treat the corrections to the Glauber approach is developed and a new evolution equation is derived and solved. It is shown that the solution of the new evolution equation can provide a self-consistent matching of "soft" high energy phenomenology with "hard" QCD physics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-353
Number of pages49
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 26 May 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Evolution equation
  • Glauber formula
  • Gluon structure function
  • Perturbative QCD


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