Multiplicity structure of the hadronic final state
in diffractive deep-inelastic scattering at HERA
C.Adloff34 - et al.
34 Fachbereich Physik, Bergische Universität Gesamthochschule Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany
Received: 27 April 1998 / Published online: 3 September 1998
The multiplicity structure of the hadronic system X produced in deep-inelastic processes at HERA of the type , where Y is a hadronic system with mass MY< 1.6 GeV and where the squared momentum transfer at the pY vertex, t, is limited to , is studied as a function of the invariant mass MX of the system X. Results are presented on multiplicity distributions and multiplicity moments, rapidity spectra and forward-backward correlations in the centre-of-mass system of X. The data are compared to results in e+e- annihilation, fixed-target lepton-nucleon collisions, hadro-produced diffractive final states and to non-diffractive hadron-hadron collisions. The comparison suggests a production mechanism of virtual photon dissociation which involves a mixture of partonic states and a significant gluon content. The data are well described by a model, based on a QCD-Regge analysis of the diffractive structure function, which assumes a large hard gluonic component of the colourless exchange at low Q2. A model with soft colour interactions is also successful.