Soft and diffractive scattering with the cluster model in Herwig
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Abstract
We present a new model for soft interactions in the eventgenerator Herwig. The model consists of two components. One to model diffractive final states on the basis of the cluster hadronization model and a second component that addresses soft multiple interactions as multiple particle production in multiperipheral kinematics. We present much improved results for minimumbias measurements at various LHC energies.
Keywords
Transverse Momentum Underlying Event Soft Particle Double Diffraction Multiple Partonic Interaction1 Introduction
With increasingly precise data on observables related to jet physics at the LHC, the impact of soft physics on the accurate modeling of final states plays an increasingly important rôle. While on the one hand there is enormous progress on the perturbative side, soft physics is far from a systematically improvable description and Monte Carlo event generators [1, 2, 3] merely resort to pure modeling of final states. There is, however, a vast theoretical and phenomenological knowledge on soft physics, accumulated over the last decades that should at least be the benchmark for the modeling in modern event generators.
Still, a large effort is made to model soft aspects of event generation at the LHC [4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. With the rise of increasingly accurate data, these aspects become important again as with the increasing precision on the perturbative side of event simulation, nonperturbative aspects become an important part of the uncertainties.
In addition to the interest in modeling collider physics accurately, soft physics is interesting in its own right. Furthermore, it plays an important rôle for the understanding of cosmic ray data [9, 10, 11].
1.1 The MPI model in Herwig
Minimumbias interactions at hadron colliders have always been on the edge of physical modeling in Herwig. While there has been a model for the underlying event (UE) that has been an addon to the Fortran version of the program, the socalled jimmy package [12, 13], a similar model, based on multiple partonic interactions (MPI) had been integrated into the newer C++ version of Herwig later [14, 15]. In addition to the hard multiple interaction model, there have also been soft interactions included in the socalled hotspot model [16, 17].
Here, semihard multiple interactions are included as multiple partonic interactions into the existing framework of partonic scattering with full parton showers and hadronization as for the initial hard process. The interactions are based on the same assumptions as partonic interactions in the usual collinear factorization approach, where for the UE they are modeled in Herwig with parton distribution functions that have the valence quark contribution subtracted. The idea is that the main triggering process usually terminates its parton shower with the extraction of a valence quark and hence the probability to extract yet another valence quark is suppressed. In contrast, the backward evolution of the initial state partons in secondary interactions will always end on a gluon, extracted from the projectile hadron. In this way, the color structure of the secondary scatters is unambiguous, which in turn is mandatory to hook up a hadronization model. There are two important parameters of this model. \(p_{\perp }^\mathrm{min}\) is the transverse momentum at which the differential scatting spectrum is cut off in the infrared and \(\mu ^2\), which characterizes the inverse proton radius for the transverse spatial distribution of partons within the hadron, which in turn is taken from the dipole form factor.
With this model for hard and soft MPI in Herwig it has always been possible to give a good description of the UE, i.e. the presences of multiple interactions within one triggered hard scattering. In addition, also minimumbias interactions have been modeled. Here, due to the setup of Herwig that every event is being triggered by one hard interaction, a dummy process is set up, where two quarks with zero transverse momentum are pulled out of the proton, such that then secondary hard and soft scatters give rise to a description of a minimumbias event. This model gives satisfactory results whenever the hard contributions dominate. Measurements of fiducial cross sections at the LHC here then cut either on low transverse momentum particles or require a minimum number of charged particles in order to suppress contributions from typical diffractive final state signatures.
1.2 Breakdown of the MPI model in Herwig
When applied to fiducial measurements, where these cuts are loosened, the description of minimumbias events with Herwig is bound to fail. The reason is that in particular the model for soft interactions is very much ad hoc. It will give the production of soft particles in a way that the ’turnon regions’ in the UE measurements are well described, but not the correlations among them or with other hard particles. So, the soft model is limited to describe the average soft activity that accompanies a hard event.
This failure is clearly visible, when our model for minimumbias events is applied to observables which have prominent contributions from diffractive events or are even designed to emphasize contributions of these. This can of course be done, albeit there has never been a claim from the Herwig authors that these measurements could be described, as, clearly, there has so far not been a model for diffractive events.
The prominent example is the socalled ‘bump’ problem, which was first observed by ATLAS [18]. The measurement finds the distribution of large gaps in pseudorapidity \(\Delta \eta _F\) in the forward region of the detector in events with a minimal trigger. \(\Delta \eta _F\) is the larger of the pseudorapidity gaps from either end of the tracker to the track with the largest (smallest, resp.) pseudorapidity. Herwig is found to overemphasize the region of large gaps which is mostly attributed to diffractive event topologies. Closer inspection has shown that these events stem from highmass clusters that stretch out into the forward regions and can be attributed to the color assignment of nonperturbative partons that are produced in the decay of the proton remnants [19].
1.3 New model for soft interactions
The bump problem together with other shortcomings of the simulation of relatively soft particle production lead us to rethink the model of soft interactions in Herwig. There is on the one hand the lack of simulation of diffractive final states and on the other hand the model for soft interactions which seems to be very ad hoc. More hints for problems with soft interactions can be seen in the soft part of transverse momentum spectra of charged particles or identified hadrons which show a pronounced structure of a suppression of soft particles in the region of \(p_{\perp }\sim 1\,\)GeV.
In this paper we introduce a model for diffractive final states, based on the cluster hadronization model. The idea is to make use of the phenomenological parametrization of diffractive cross sections in a Gribov–Regge factorization approach in order to produce diffractive systems with certain momentum transfer t and diffractive mass M and couple these with the cluster hadronization.
The second new model concerns the production of soft particles. From observations we expect soft particle production to be connected with a particle production which is flat in rapidity and quite narrow in transverse momentum. These requirements are fulfilled by the usual models for soft gluon production, based on smallx dynamics [20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25].
In Sect. 2 we introduce the new diffraction model, followed by the model for soft particle production in Sect. 3. We tune the parameters of these models in conjunction with other sensitive parameters of the remaining parts of the MPI model and describe this procedure in Sect. 4, before we present first results in Sect. 5.
2 Diffraction model
We should point out that a fraction of the diffractive events, for very low diffractive mass, are modeled with the \(\Delta \) baryon as a final state instead of quark–antiquark pair. Namely, \(p \ p \rightarrow \Delta \ p\) for single and \(p \ p \rightarrow \Delta \ \Delta \) for double diffraction. The \(\Delta \) in turn is handled by the decay handler. For the time being this gives satisfactory results and is only a precautionary measure to avoid exceptional kinematics with very light clusters. Eventually this part shall be taken over from the low mass end of the cluster spectrum.
3 Soft particle production model
We describe in this section the implementation of a new model for soft interactions in Herwig. With this model some of the shortcomings of the simple model for soft interactions presented above are addressed and the description of many minimumbias observables is significantly improved.
The kinematics of soft scatterers is constructed along the lines of the socalled multiperipheral particle production introduced in [29] and we especially follow the approach taken in [30]. For the case \(s\gg m^2\), where m is the typical mass of a final state particle, the intermediate states depicted in Fig. 2 via unitarity give rise to a Reggeized amplitude. We briefly recall the main features of the intermediate state amplitudes: (i) the amplitude of N particle production, as shown in Fig. 2, falls off rapidly when there is no ordering in the longitudinal momenta for which the momentum transfer is small; (ii) the correlation between particle momenta decreases rapidly with distance in the ladder (i.e. momenta \(p_i\) and \(p_j\), where \(ij \gg 1\)); (iii) for subenergies \(s_{i,i+1}\equiv (p_i+p_{i+1})^2\) of the neighboring pairs much larger than \(m^2\) the amplitude is not large. Large subenergies correspond to diffractive processes. Some remarks are in order. The assumptions above lead to a fall off of the amplitude for configurations with large rapidity separation. This gives hope that the model will fix the socalled “bump” problem mentioned in the introduction. Also, regarding point (iii), we only consider amplitudes with small subenergies of neighboring particles, because we implement diffraction using a different method as explained in the previous section.
Let us explain in a bit more detail the picture in Fig. 3. The initial quark extracted from the proton is color connected with the remnant and form a cluster (clusters are denoted by gray blobs in the figure). The same holds on the other end for the other proton. The sea quark, denoted by q is color connected to the first gluon, denoted by g. The subsequent gluons are connected with their neighbors. The same holds for the other proton where instead of a quark, we have an antiquark (also denoted by q). Since the first quark is extracted from the proton using a parton distribution function (PDF), we have to make sure that its rapidity is close to the rapidity of second particle in the ladder, which in our case is the sea quark. This can be done by choosing the proper value of \(x_{\mathrm {min}}\) of this PDF.
The algorithm presented in this section guarantees exponential fall off of the amplitude for large values of rapidity separation \(\Delta \eta \). Also, it gives a roughly flat distribution in rapidity of the clusters and the subsequently produced particles.
4 Tuning

the pseudorapidity distributions for \(N_{\mathrm {ch}} \ge 1\), \(N_{\mathrm {ch}} \ge 2\) , \(N_{\mathrm {ch}} \ge 6\), \(N_{\mathrm {ch}} \ge 20\),

the transverse momentum of charged particles for \(N_{\mathrm {ch}} \ge 1\), \(N_{\mathrm {ch}} \ge 2\) , \(N_{\mathrm {ch}} \ge 6\),

the charged transverse momentum vs. number of charged particles for \(N_{\mathrm {ch}}\ge 1\).
The tuning to minimumbias data resulted in two slightly different sets of parameters for \(\sqrt{s}=900 \, \mathrm {GeV}\) and \(\sqrt{s}=7000 \, \mathrm {GeV}\). The 7000 GeV tune will serve as the default minimumbias tune for now. We note that the parameters of the \(p_{\perp }^\mathrm{min}\) parametrization have approximately the same value in both tunes, which indicates that the parametrization is stable with respect to energy extrapolation, which gets confirmed with our runs at 13 TeV.
The new model with the tuned parameters clearly improves the description of all observables which were considered in the tuning itself. This will be shown in the next section.
5 Results
5.1 Rapidity gap analysis
In Refs. [18, 34] the differential cross section with respect to the forward pseudorapidity gap \(\Delta \eta ^F\) is measured. \(\Delta \eta ^F\) is defined as the larger of the two pseudorapidity regions extending to the boundary of the detector in which no particles are produced. The acceptance in pseudorapidity \(\eta \) ranges from \(4.9\) to \(+4.9\) at ATLAS and from \(4.7\) to \(+4.7\) at CMS, which is restricted by the geometry of the detectors. All particles with \(p_{\perp }>p_{\perp }^{\mathrm {cut}}\) are analyzed where \(p_{\perp }^{\mathrm {cut}}\) is varied from 200 to \(800 \, \mathrm {MeV}\). The total cross section is usually decomposed into the nondiffractive (ND), single/doublediffractive dissociation (SD/DD) and centraldiffractive (CD) parts. The latter is suppressed with respect to other contributions. Events with small pseudorapidity gaps are mainly dominated by ND contributions and for a small \(p_{\perp }^{\mathrm {cut}}\) the large rapidity gap region is dominated by SD and DD events. The ND part is characterized by the experimental observation that the average rapidity difference between neighboring particles is around 0.15 with larger rapidity gaps due to fluctuations in the hadronization process. This leads to a cross section that decreases exponentially with larger rapidity gaps \(\sigma _\mathrm{ND} \sim \exp (a\Delta \eta ^F)\) where a is some constant. Events with large pseudorapidity gaps, dominated by diffractive events which result from pomeron exchange as briefly reviewed above, at large energies give rise to a constant cross section \(\sigma _{D} \approx \mathrm {const}.\) in \(\Delta \eta ^F\).
5.2 Minimumbias data
We further test the new model versus many different minimumbias measurements. Most observables are significantly improved, although we only tuned to a small subset of available observables. The results for the Monte Carlo runs with the tuned parameters for \(7\, \mathrm {TeV}\) are shown in Fig. 6. Here we show all \(\eta \) distributions, and we notice that the overall description is quite good. The distribution for the charged particle \(p_{\perp }\) versus the number of charged particles is shown in Fig. 7, for different cuts. We notice that for small \(p_\perp \) cut the model fails to describe the data. This observable is very sensitive to models of color reconnection that add correlations to final state particles from previously uncorrelated events of MPI models [12]. Overall, it is especially noteworthy to mention that the new model fits the charged particle \(p_{\perp }\) distribution almost perfectly in the range where we expect it to contribute significantly. Also the onset of the charged particle \(p_{\perp }\) versus the number of charged particles improves which is due to diffraction. The tail of this distribution seems to underestimate the \(p_{\perp }\) value but the tune results in an overall better description of the observables.
In Fig. 8 the average charged particle \(p_{\perp }\) versus the number of charged particles \(N_\mathrm{ch}\) is shown. While there is an improvement for low \(N_\mathrm{ch}\) due to perhaps the diffractive model, the overall result is unsatisfactory for very soft particles (\(p_\perp > 100\,\)MeV). Here, the color reconnection of soft particles appears to have too small an effect in order to result in a rise of this observable for larger \(N_\mathrm{ch}\). We note that the transverse momentum spectra of charged particles are much improved in our model with respect to our old model. This is interesting, as sometimes a failure to describe these spectra in older models has been attributed to a lack of collective effects.
5.3 Analysis of nonsinglediffractive events
The analysis presented in Ref. [35] is based on an event selection which is corrected according to the SD, DD and ND events predicted by Pythia 6 [36]. Therefore this analysis is automatically biased by these predictions. In particular, single diffractive events have been subtracted from the data set, based on the model prediction. The large error at low multiplicities is dominated by the sizable difference in predictions for SD only final states from Pythia 6 and Phojet [11, 37, 38]. Here, the quoted error bars might be underestimated at low multiplicities and have to be judged accordingly.
In Ref. [39] a similar analysis was performed in order to study the transverse momentum distributions of nonsinglediffractive events using the same corrections according to the predictions by Pythia. The new model shows a significant improvement and seems to describe the data correctly except for the ultra low \(p_{\perp }<0.4 \,\mathrm {GeV}\) region (see Fig. 10).
5.4 Underlying event
With the model for diffraction and the new model for soft interactions at hand, Herwig 7 for the first time attempts to give a satisfactory description of minimumbias data. Before that we were limited to diffraction reduced data samples. The next important question is whether the new model affects our previous description of the UE data and possibly improve it. The UE is described as “everything except the hard scattering process” and consists of contributions from the initial and final state radiation and hard and soft multiparticle interactions. The measurements are made relative to a leading object which is in this case the hardest charged track. In UE analyses three regions of interest are usually considered. The three regions are defined according to their azimuthal angle with respect to the leading track: the toward region, where \(\phi <\pi /3\); the away region, where \(\phi >2\pi /3\), and the transverse region, where \(\pi /3< \phi < 2\pi /3\). The toward and the away regions are usually the regions which are dominated by the activity of the triggered hard scattering process. The transverse region on the other hand contains little contribution from the hard process and is therefore sensitive to interactions coming from the UE.
In Figs. 11 and 12 we show the \(\langle p_{\perp }\rangle \) distributions as a function of \(p_{\perp }^{\mathrm {lead}}\) and \(N_{\mathrm {chg}}\). We see that in all three regions, transverse, toward and away, the data is described fairly well. In Fig. 13 we show more comparisons with UE measurements from ATLAS. This time we compare the number of charged particles and the sum of transverse momenta in the three different regions against data and our old model. We find that the description has improved for all observables.
5.5 Extrapolation to 13 TeV
With the energy update of the LHC to \(13\, \mathrm {TeV}\) in 2015 new sets of data are available. This data at the new energy frontier serves as an excellent cross check for our new model. In order to test the energy extrapolation we compare it to data provided by the ATLAS collaboration [41] at \(\sqrt{s} = 13 \, \mathrm {TeV}\). We used the same set of parameters as for \(\sqrt{s} = 7\, \mathrm {TeV}\), and we did not tune the model parameters to any data taken at this energy, the new model improves the description of the data compared to the old model significantly as shown in Fig. 14.
As a cross check, we have tuned the model exclusively to 13 TeV data instead of 7 TeV data. As this resulted in almost identical values for the parameters as for \(7 \, \mathrm {TeV}\), we have an excellent indication of a stable overall energy scaling of our model.
6 Summary and outlook
We have implemented a completely new model for soft physics in Herwig, which will become available with the next release of the program. A simple model for diffractive final states, based on the cluster model is implemented in combination with a new model for multiparticle production in soft interactions, based on multiperipheral particle production. We tuned the free parameters to data from minimumbias measurements at 900 and 7 TeV and obtained good results in all observables for charged particles. Particularly the rapidity gap observable, which has revealed a peculiar bump structure in our previous model, is now well described. The quality of other observables not considered in the tuning procedure is significantly improved as well. We note that with these new models, Herwig 7 is for the first time able to describe the full range of minimumbias analyses completely. A stable extrapolation of our model to higher energies is implied by a good description of 13 TeV data albeit we did not tune to data taken at this energy.
Remaining shortcomings of our model include the failure to describe the average transverse momentum of all charged particles versus the event multiplicity for very soft particles. This hints at problematic particle correlations via color reconnections for very soft particles or a problematic assignment of color connections in the first place. These shortcomings will be addressed in future work.
Despite these remaining problems we regard this work as an important first step forward in order to be able to describe collider phenomena involving very soft particles for the first time.
Notes
Acknowledgements
We are grateful for helpful discussions on various aspects of this work with several people, in particular Leif Lönnblad, Miroslav Myska, Simon Plätzer, Agustin SabioVera, Mike Seymour, Andrzej Siódmok. FL thanks Y. Dokshitzer and S. Ostapchenko for interesting discussions on this subject at various conferences. This work was supported in part by the European Union as part of the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network MCnetITN (PITNGA2012315877). Last but not least we would like to thank the other members of the Herwig collaboration for continuous discussions and support.
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