pp interactions at 303GeV/c: Separation of diffractive and nondiffractive components of the multiplicity distribution
We have studied the properties of the inclusive pp --> pX reation at 303 GeV/c. Protons of momentum 1.4 GeV/c or less are measured and identified by their ionization. We investigate the multiplicity distribution associated with those events having a small four-momentum transfer to the target proton. Under the assumption that this selection enhances or isolates the diffractive component of the interaction, we discuss the properties of the diffractive and nondiffractive components.Work supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation Grant GP-33565.