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Particles and Fields
Eur. Phys. J. C 18, 343-351
DOI 10.1007/s100520000535

Theoretical description of the total $\gamma^*\gamma^*$ cross-section and its confrontation with the LEP data on doubly tagged e+e- events

J. Kwiecinski1 - L. Motyka2,3

1 Department of Theoretical Physics, H. Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics, Cracow, Poland
2 High Energy Physics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
3 Institute of Physics, Jagellonian University, Cracow, Poland

Received: 4 October 2000 / Published online: 27 November 2000 - © Springer-Verlag 2000

We perform a detailed analysis of the total inelastic cross-section for $\gamma^*\gamma^*$ collisions. Different contributions coming from the quark box diagram, reggeons, the soft and hard pomeron are included. The QCD pomeron contribution contains a dominant part of subleading effects which reduces its intercept and delays the onset of the asymptotic pomeron to high energies. Estimates of the cross-section for doubly-tagged $e^+e^- \to e^+e^- hadrons$ events are presented and compared with the existing LEP data. Good agreement between the theoretical results and the experimental data is found. We also comment on the extraction of the BFKL pomeron intercept from the available LEP measurements.

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