Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Soft diffraction at the LHC: a partonic interpretation
Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, University of Durham, South Rd., Durham, DH1 3LE, UK
2 Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Gatchina, St. Petersburg, 188300, Russia
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Published online: 19 January 2008
We present a ‘new generation’ model for high energy proton–proton ‘soft’ interactions. It allows for a full set of multipomeron vertices as well as for including multichannel eikonal scattering. It describes the behaviour of the proton–proton total, σtot, and elastic, dσel/dt, cross sections together with those for low- and high-mass proton dissociation. Although the model contains a comprehensive set of multipomeron diagrams, it has a simple partonic interpretation. Including the more complicated multipomeron vertices reduces the absorptive effects as compared to the predictions in which only the triple-pomeron vertex is considered. Tuning the model to describe the available ‘soft’ data in the CERN ISR–tevatron energy range, we predict the total, elastic, single- and double-diffractive dissociation cross sections at the LHC energy. An inescapable consequence of including multichannel eikonal and multipomeron effects is that the total cross section is expected to be lower than before: indeed, we find σtot≃ 90 mb at the LHC energy. We also present differential forms of the cross sections. In addition, we calculate soft diffractive central production.
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