Forward Physics in Proton-Nucleus and Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions

Nemchik, J.
Potashnikova, I. K.
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We present an universal treatment for a substantial nuclear suppression representing a common feature of all known reactions on nuclear targets (forward production of high-pT hadrons, production of direct photons, the Drell-Yan process, heavy flavor production, etc.). Such a suppression at large Feynman xF, corresponding to region of minimal light-cone momentum fraction variable x2 in nuclei, is tempting to interpret as a manifestation of coherence or the Color Glass Condensate. We demonstrate, however, that it is actually a simple consequence of energy conservation and takes place even at low energies, where no effects of coherence are possible. We analyze this common suppression mechanism for several processes performing model predictions in the light-cone dipole approach. Our calculations agree with data.
Comment: 8 pages, 7 figures. Based on invited talk presented by J.N. at "Sixth International Conference on Perspectives in Hadronic Physics", ICTP, Trieste, May 12-16, 2008
High Energy Physics - Phenomenology