Scanning the BFKL pomeron in elastic production of vector mesons at HERA
Abstract
Elastic production of vector mesons γ ^{∗} N→V N is the pomeronexchange dominated diffractive reaction with much potential of probing the BFKL pomeron. The BFKL pomeron can conveniently be described in terms of the dipole cross section which is a solution of the generalized BFKL equation. In this paper we discuss, how the energy and Q^{2} dependence of elastic production of vector mesons at HERA will allow scanning the dipole cross section as a function of dipole size r. We show that determination of the intercept of the BFKL pomeron requires measuring the ϱ ^{0} and J/ Ψ production at Q^{2}∼(100200) GeV ^{2} and/or the quasireal photoproduction of the γ. We present predictions for the effective intercept in the kinematic range of the forthcoming HERA experiments, which can shed much light on the nonperturbative component of the pomeron.
 Publication:

Physics Letters B
 Pub Date:
 December 1994
 DOI:
 10.1016/03702693(94)90314X
 arXiv:
 arXiv:hepph/9405355
 Bibcode:
 1994PhLB..341..228N
 Keywords:

 High Energy Physics  Phenomenology
 EPrint:
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