The European Physical Journal C

, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 141–152

Limiting soft particle emission in e+e, hadronic and nuclear collisions

Regular Article - Theoretical Physics

DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-010-1345-z

Cite this article as:
Ochs, W., Khoze, V.A. & Ryskin, M.G. Eur. Phys. J. C (2010) 68: 141. doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-010-1345-z


In e+e collisions the particle spectra at low momenta reflect the properties of the underlying “soft” QCD gluon bremsstrahlung: the particle density, in the limit p→0, becomes independent of the incoming energy \(\sqrt{s}\) and directly proportional to the colour factors CA, CF for primary gluons or quarks respectively. We find that experimental data from the pp and nuclear reactions reveal the same behaviour: in the limit pT→0 the invariant particle spectra become independent of the collision energy, and their intensities in e+e, pp and nuclear reactions are compatible with the expected colour factors CF: CA: (Npart/2)CA for Npart nucleons, participating in the interaction. Coherent soft gluon bremsstrahlung is, therefore, suggested to be the dominant QCD mechanism for the soft particle production in all these reactions. These “soft” particles probe the very early stage of hadron formation in the collision. Future measurements at the LHC will provide crucial tests on the contributions from possible incoherent multi-component processes.

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© Springer-Verlag / Società Italiana di Fisica 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Ochs
    • 1
  • Valery A. Khoze
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. G. Ryskin
    • 3
  1. 1.Max Planck Institut für PhysikWerner-Heisenberg-InstitutMunichGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Particle Physics PhenomenologyUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK
  3. 3.Petersburg Nuclear Physics InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia