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Particles and Fields
Eur. Phys. J. C 28, 97-105 (2003)
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s2003-01159-7

Impact-picture phenomenology for $\pi^{\pm}p,~K^{\pm}p$ and $pp,~\bar p p $ elastic scattering at high energies

C. Bourrely1, J. Soffer1 and T.T. Wu2, 3

1  Centre de Physique Théorique (Unité Propre de Recherche 7061) , CNRS-Luminy Case 907, 13288 Marseille Cedex 9, France
2  Gordon McKay Laboratory, Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
3  Theoretical Physics Division, CERN, 1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland

(Received: 21 October 2002 / Revised version: 31 January 2003 / Published online: 7 March 2003 )

We present an extension to $\pi^{\pm} p$ and $K^{\pm} p$ elastic scattering at high energies of the impact-picture phenomenology we first proposed more than twenty years ago, for p p and $\bar p p$ elastic scattering. We show, in particular, that the analytic form of the opacity function for the proton obtained previously is compatible with the experimental results on $\pi p$ and K p elastic scattering at high energies. It is proposed that $\pi^{\pm}$ and $K^{\pm}$ external beams be provided from CERN-LHC, so that their elastic scattering from protons can be studied at higher energies. Our phenomenology for p p and $\bar p p$ elastic scattering is updated by including new data and we give predictions for future experiments at BNL-RHIC and CERN-LHC.

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