Evidence for parton kT effects in high- pT particle production

Fermilab E706 Collaboration

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Inclusive π0 and direct-photon cross sections in the kinematic range 3.5 < pT < 12GeV/c with central rapidities (ycm) are presented for 530 and 800 GeV/c proton beams and a 515 GeV/c π beam incident on Be targets. Current next-to-leading-order perturbative QCD calculations fail to adequately describe the data for conventional choices of scales. Kinematic distributions from these hard scattering events provide evidence that the interacting partons carry significant initial-state parton transverse momentum (kT). Incorporating these kT effects phenomenologically greatly improves the agreement between calculations and the measured cross sections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2642-2645
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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