The European Physical Journal C

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 33–49

Gauge-invariant sub-structures of tree-level double-emission exact QCD spin amplitudes

Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


In this note we discuss possible separations of exact, massive, tree-level spin amplitudes into gauge-invariant parts. We concentrate our attention on processes involving two quarks entering a color-neutral current and, thanks to the QCD interactions, two extra external gluons. We will search for forms compatible with parton-shower languages, without applying approximations or restrictions on phase space regions. Special emphasis will be put on the isolation of parts necessary for the construction of evolution kernels for individual splittings and to some degree for the running coupling constant as well. Our aim is to better understand the environment necessary to optimally match hard matrix elements with parton-shower algorithms. To avoid complications and ambiguities related to regularization schemes, we ignore, at this point, virtual corrections. Our representation is quite universal: any color-neutral current can be used; in particular, our approach is not restricted to vector currents only.


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© Springer-Verlag / Società Italiana di Fisica 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IFJ-PANKrakówPoland
  2. 2.CERNGeneva 23Switzerland

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