Revealing the black-body regime of small- x deep-inelastic scattering through final-state signals

L. Frankfurt, V. Guzey, M. McDermott, M. Strikman

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Abstract

We derive the major characteristics of inclusive and diffractive final states in deep-inelastic scattering off heavy nuclei for the high-energy (small-x) kinematics in which the limit of complete absorption is reached for the dominant hadronic fluctuations in the virtual photon (the black-body limit of the process). Both the longitudinal and transverse distributions of the leading hadrons are found to be strikingly different from the corresponding ones within the leading-twist approximation, and hence provide unambiguous signals for the onset of the black-body limit.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume87
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Oct 2001

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