The JIMWLK evolution and the s-channel unitarity

Alex Kovner, Eugene Levin, Ming Li*, Michael Lublinsky

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Further developing ideas set forth in [1], we discuss QCD Reggeon Field Theory (RFT) and formulate restrictions imposed on its Hamiltonian by the unitarity of underlying QCD. We identify explicitly the QCD RFT Hilbert space, provide algebra of the basic degrees of freedom (Wilson lines and their duals) and the algorithm for calculating the scattering amplitudes. We formulate conditions imposed on the “Fock states” of RFT by unitary nature of QCD, and explain how these constraints appear as unitarity constraints on possible RFT hamiltonians that generate energy evolution of scattering amplitudes. We study the realization of these constraints in the dense-dilute limit of RFT where the appropriate Hamiltonian is the JIMWLK Hamiltonian HJIMWLK. We find that the action HJIMWLK on the dilute projectile states is unitary, but acting on dense “target” states it violates unitarity and generates states with negative probabilities through energy evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number199
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020


FundersFunder number
National Science Foundation1913890
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme824093, 823947


    • Perturbative QCD
    • Resummation


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