An Exponential Regulator for Rapidity Divergences

An Exponential Regulator for Rapidity Divergences

Ye Li Fermilab, PO Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510, USA    Duff Neill    Hua Xing Zhu Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Finding an efficient and compelling regularization of soft and collinear degrees of freedom at the same invariant mass scale, but separated in rapidity is a persistent problem in high-energy factorization. In the course of a calculation, one encounters divergences unregulated by dimensional regularization, often called rapidity divergences. Once regulated, a general framework exists for their renormalization, the rapidity renormalization group (RRG), leading to fully resummed calculations of transverse momentum (to the jet axis) sensitive quantities. We examine how this regularization can be implemented via a multi-differential factorization of the soft-collinear phase-space, leading to an (in principle) alternative non-perturbative regularization of rapidity divergences. As an example, we examine the fully-differential factorization of a color singlet’s momentum spectrum in a hadron-hadron collision at threshold. We show how this factorization acts as a mother theory to both traditional threshold and transverse momentum resummation, recovering the classical results for both resummations. Examining the refactorization of the transverse momentum beam functions in the threshold region, we show that one can directly calculate the rapidity renormalized function, while shedding light on the structure of joint resummation. Finally, we show how using modern bootstrap techniques, the transverse momentum spectrum is determined by an expansion about the threshold factorization, leading to a viable higher loop scheme for calculating the relevant anomalous dimensions for the transverse momentum spectrum.

preprint: FERMILAB-PUB-16-090-PPD-Tpreprint: MIT-CTP-4795

I Introduction

Many phenomonologically important observables of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) are transverse momentum sensitive. That is, they are defined as a measurement that directly puts a constraint on the momentum flowing perpendicular to some fiducial jet axis, without a corresponging cut on the rapidity. Examples include the transverse momentum () distribution of generic high-mass color-neutral systems (Drell-Yan, Higgs, vector boson pair,…) in hadron-hadron collisions, semi-inclusive fragmentation of hadrons, the scalar sum of transverse momentum magnitudes as found in jet or beam broadening Chiu et al. (2012a, b); Becher et al. (2011); Becher and Bell (2012a); Tackmann et al. (2012); Banfi et al. (2012a, 2015), and vetoes on the transverse momenta of clustered jets Becher and Neubert (2012); Becher et al. (2013a); Stewart et al. (2014)111Not in this class are indirect restrictions on transverse-momenta, like beam thrustStewart et al. (2010, 2011); Berger et al. (2011).. An universal feature of all such transverse momentum sensitive factorizations is the presence of rapidity divergences. In a naive soft or collinear sector, one encounters integrals over the light-cone components of the participating partons, which dimensional regularization fails to regulate. This is due to the fact that dimensional regularization breaks any possible dilatation invariance of a theory, but not the Poincare invariance. Thus classes of momenta with differing invariant masses can be distingushed via their relative scaling with respect to the dimensional regularization mass scale . However, classes of momenta differing only by their boost are not distinguished by the boost invariant dimensional regularization. These rapidity divergences are then a necessity when soft and collinear modes exist at the same invariant mass scale, as found in a transverse momentum sensitive observable. From a more practical point of view, these rapidity divergences (an artefact of using a factorized form of the cross-section) are directly tied to a large logarithm of the fixed order QCD calculation (QCD itself is rapidity divergence free). Much literature has been devoted to the issue of a convenient scheme to regulate the light-cone integrals. Once regulated, the divergences are isolated, cancelled at the level of the physical cross-section, and the residual logarithms left from the isolation are exponentiated either by hand or by evolution-equations, thereby controlling the large logarithm found in fixed-order perturbation theory.

The transverse momentum spectrum for color-singlets in particular has long been a critical quantity to understand the factorization properties of QCD. One simply wishes to know the differential cross-section for the relative momentum of the color singlet object with respect to the beam axis, while being inclusive over all other radiation in the event. Taking the transverse momentum to be small relative to the hard scale () involved in the production of the observed particles (the invariant mass scale of the Drell-Yan pair or the Higgs boson, for example) implicitly constrains how the recoiling QCD radiation moves with respect to the beam axis. In this limit, the cross-section is dominated by either soft radiation, or emissions collinear to the beam. Such soft and collinear emissions constitute the infra-red structure of perturbative QCD, which presents an underlying universality due to the fact that the emissions in these different kinematic regimes (hard, collinear, or soft) factorize from each other, and do not quantum mechanically interfere222Off-shell Glauber or Coloumb potential exchanges can violate this factorization when colored partons exist in the initial state, and cannot be absorbed into the soft exchanges Forshaw et al. (2006); Rogers and Mulders (2010); Catani et al. (2012); Forshaw et al. (2012); Rothstein and Stewart (2016). For a comprehensive discussion in the context of SCET, see Rothstein and Stewart (2016). For the transverse momentum spectrum of color neutral states, Glauber exchanges have been argued to be irrelevant Collins et al. (1985); Gaunt (2014). . Due to this infra-red sensitivity, the fixed order expansion for the cross-section becomes dominated by large logarithms of the hard production scale to the infra-red recoil scale . The factorization allows one to resum these large logarithmic contributions to all orders. When this resummation is combined with the fixed order distribution that is not singularly enhanced, one achieves a remarkably precise description of the QCD spectrum, giving a benchmark for theory versus experimental predictions. If we denote the potentially large logarithm as , and assign the scaling when the logarithm is large, then the current state of the art for these resumations is the NLL+NLO accuracy, where one in the fixed order result includes contributions for up to two final state recoiling partons, and has resummed all logarithms up to contributions that scale as Bozzi et al. (2011); de Florian et al. (2011); Banfi et al. (2012b); Becher et al. (2013b); Echevarria et al. (2015a); Neill et al. (2015); Bagnaschi et al. (2016)333For example calculations necessary to fix the anomalous dimensions at two-loop accuracy with a variety of regularization procedures, see Refs. de Florian and Grazzini (2000, 2001); Gehrmann et al. (2014); Echevarria et al. (2015b); Luebbert et al. (2016).

In this paper, we introduce a new methodology for calculating the control quantity for rapiditiy divergences, the rapidity anomalous dimension, see Refs. Chiu et al. (2012a, b)444This is directly related to the Collins-Soper kernel of Refs. Collins (2013); Aybat and Rogers (2011) in TMD-PDF’s.. We exploit the fact that cross-sections often have multiple singular regions with distinct scalings of the low-scale modes, leading to distinct factorization formula, see Ref. Larkoski et al. (2014). These factorizations, however, while resumming different logarithms, must be consistent with each other at any fixed order in perturbation theory, since they describe the same cross-section. This allows us to calculate in the threshold region the transverse momentum spectrum, and through consistency with the more standard transverse momentum dependent parton distribution function (TMD-PDF’s) factorization, extract the rapidity anomalous dimension. We can then combine the technology developed for threshold calculations (see Refs. Anastasiou et al. (2013); Li and Zhu (2013); Duhr and Gehrmann (2013); Li et al. (2014); Anastasiou et al. (2014); Zhu (2015); Anastasiou et al. (2015)) with modern bootstrap techniques from amplitudes to push the calculation to three-loop order. In a companion paper, two of us will present the full three-loop rapidity anomalous dimension phenomologically relevant for collider experiments. Though we deal mainly with the transverse momentum spectrum in hadron-hadron collisions, however, we believe that our approach is widely adaptable to many transverse momentum sensitive observables, at least where one can understand the analytic structure of the fixed order calculation. We refer to this methodology as the “exponential regulator,” since it implements an exponential cutoff in the total energy of the final state. Alternatively, one may think of it as a threshold regulator, where one imposes in addition to the transverse momentum observable a constraint on the total energy of the soft radiation crossing the cut. It effectively acts as a gauge invariant cut-off on the rapidity integrals.

The factorization approach to resummation we will adopt is that of Soft Collinear Effective Field Theory, Bauer et al. (2001, 2000); Bauer and Stewart (2001), which gives a precise set of rules for determining the all-orders form of the factorized formulae. In general one seeks to write a cross-section sensitive to a singular region of phase-space as a product of functions of the form:


The denotes calculation of the hard process, the a beam function for the initial state radiation off of the colliding hadrons555It has become accepted in the QCD literature to combine enough of the soft function with the collinear matrix elements of the proton to cancel the rapidity divergences, and label the resulting entity the TMDPDF. Following the SCET literature, we will therefore call the strictly collinear part of the matrix element (defined with zero-bin subtractions) the transverse momentum dependent beam function, in distinction to the TMDPDF., functions for any possible final state jets, and the the contribution from soft wide angle radiation. Each function has a field theoretic operator definition, and the denotes a convolution over the contribution from each sector to the relevant observable and any possible momentum recoil. The factorized functions summarize the contribution from “on-shell” modes of QCD with a specified scaling, and can be calculated independently. This convolution structure is to be expanded according to the scaling of the modes to produce a formula that is homogenous in the power counting, a procedure known as the multipole expansion Grinstein and Rothstein (1998); Beneke et al. (2002). Since the multipole expansion enforces a homogeneous power counting in each convolution, one is prevented from developing a large logarithm in the effective theory matrix element. Instead, one is often rewarded with potentially multiple-divergences of the naive function. That is, one is trading the large logarithm of the perturbative expansion for an explict divergence in the calculation of effective theory matrix element. Several variations of the SCET formalism has been applied to transverse momentum distributions before, see Refs. Becher and Neubert (2011); Echevarria et al. (2012, 2012); Echevarría et al. (2013); Chiu et al. (2012b). In the operator based factorization literature, three approaches have appeared to accomplish this task, the collinear anomaly Becher and Neubert (2011), the Collins-Soper equation Collins and Soper (1981); Collins et al. (1985); Collins (2013); Aybat and Rogers (2011), and finally the framework of the rapidity renormalization group (RRG) Chiu et al. (2012a, b).

The outline of the paper is as follows: first we review the topic of transverse momentum resummation in the SCET formalism. For a general regularization scheme, we show that as long as the regulator is implemented symmetrically with appropriate subtractions in the different sectors, the rapidity resummation’s scheme dependence is fixed by the hard function’s scheme dependence. The subtractions themselves are regulator dependent. Since the hard function is free of rapidity divergences, this necessarily implies a universality to the rapidity anomalous dimension regardless of regulator+subtractions. Having established the factorization framework, we introduce the exponential regulator with the example of the one-loop calculation, which is defined by taking the limit of the fully differential soft functions. We then discuss the relation of transverse momentum and threshold factorizations from their connection with the fully differential functions, showing that the exponential regulator necessarily calculates a rapidity renormalized transverse momentum soft function. Lastly we show that the utility of the regulator at higher loops lies in reducing the calculational problem of the integrals to that of the threshold soft function. Using the extensive work done on this subject, we make an ansatz of the fully differential soft function in terms of harmonic polylogarithms (HPL’s), and demonstrate how to reproduce existing results at one and two loops by bootstrapping. We also present partial results at three loops using this technique, and the full result is deferred to a companion paper. Finally, we conclude with thoughts on future directions. Some technical details are collected in appendicies.

Ii Review of Transverse Momentum Factorization

Figure 1: The invariant mass for the modes contributing to the transverse momentum spectrum of the Drell-Yan pair.

The factorization theorem for the Drell-Yan transverse momentum distribution takes the form666Several equivalent definitions can be found in the literature. They differ ultimately with regards to how the rapidity divergences are regulated, and the necessary subtractions that must take place given the form of the regulation.:


is the invariant mass of the Drell-Yan pair, and is the leading-order (LO) cross section. The light-cone coordinates are defined with respect to the beam axis, and satisfy:


When switching to the momentum fractions of the partons in the hard collision, we intrepret the light-cone momentum components of the Drell-Yan pair as:


is the hadronic center of mass of the two colliding nucleons and , the momenta of which can be written as and respectively.

The (which we will shorten to ) is the hard function that contains all the virtual correction to the LO contribution, and is obtained by matching from QCD to SCET. The (which we will shorten to just ) are beam functions encoding the energetic emissions along the beam axis, and is a soft factor encoding the contribution from soft states. In the fully differential form, these functions have the following operator definitions:


where and for the Drell-Yan process. The field is a gauge invariant quark field operator dressed with a collinear wilson, and together with the soft and collinear wilson lines have the respective definitions:


In the factorization of the transverse momentum distribution, these functions compute the contribution to the observable from modes with momentum scaling:


As a result, some light-cone coordinates need to be set to zero for proper power counting of the multipole expansion, and the relevant beam777The beam function under this momentum scaling is often called transverse momentum dependent parton distribution functions (TMD-PDF’s) and soft functions become,


Often the momentum modes are called “on-shell,” since their dispersion relation satisfies homogenously, and as , they scale to exactly on-shell emissions. These modes have the important property that they are all at the same invariant mass-scale, as depicted in Fig. 1, so that the appropriate effective field theory is SCET, and are distinguished only with size of their relative energy scale or typical rapidity. Since dimensional regularization is invariant under boosts, one cannot distinguish these modes from each other in an integral with dimensional regularization alone. In so called SCET theories, modes are distinguished by their invariant masses, and since dimensional regularization breaks dilatation invariance, it suffices to regulate the theory completely and seperate the modes. A further regulator is needed when integrating over the light-cone variables in a typical diagram, and several have been proposed in the literature, each their various strengths and weaknesses. They may be classed into analytic style regulators Becher and Bell (2012b); Chiu et al. (2012b), deformations of the wilson line directions Ji et al. (2005); Collins (2013), or finally a mass added to the eikonal propagator (the “” regulator) Chiu et al. (2009); Echevarria et al. (2015b). Beyond the obvious requirement of ease of calculational use, one would also demand the regulator preserve gauge invariance, non-Abelian exponentiation Gatheral (1983); Frenkel and Taylor (1984), and a democratic treatment of sectors (at least up to terms that vanish as the regulator is taken to its singular limit). For all regulators that have an explicit mass scale associated, like deformations of the wilson line direction or the -regulator, the zero-bin subtraction will not be zero Manohar and Stewart (2007); Chiu et al. (2009).

It is important to note the origin of the light-cone singularities. In the factorization theorem of Eq. (II), the TMD-beam functions are localized at either or , while the soft function is localized at both. This prevents momentum sharing in these small momentum components, since if we were to perform the fourier transform in Eq. (II), no recoil convolutions would appear in either the or directions. The rapidity and mass of the Drell-Yan pair sets these momentum scales once and for all, to leading power. This is a direct consequence of the multipole expansion and the scaling of Eq. (II), and such an expansion is necessary to guarantee no large logarithms appear in the EFT.

Introducing a regulation scheme with the appropriate subtractions, one will have a generalized renormalized definition of the TMD-beam function and soft function (which can be combined together to form a TMDPDF). One removes systematically the light-cone and the ultra-violet divergences from each function. Removing these divergences will introduce a scale at which the divergences are subtracted, which we will generically call for the rapidity divergences, and for the ultra-violet. Since the physical cross-section is finite, these divergences will cancel between the various functions in the factorization formula, and the variation under the scale where the divergences are subtracted are controlled by generalized renormalization group equations:


and for the rapidity renormalization:


where . Since divergences cancel in the physical cross-section, the ultra-violet anomalous dimensions satisfy the constraint,


Similar constraint is manifestly written for the rapidity renormalization group. We have used the fact that the anomalous dimensions of the two TMD-PDFs should be the same up to relabeling and , given that the regularization procedure treats the two beam sectors identically. The arguments of these anomalous dimensions are dictated by the factorization structure in (II). The hard production scale gets factorized into the large momentum components of the beams sectors, the or of the or collinear sectors respectively. This hard production scale appears in the hard function , including its anomalous dimension, and so to cancel it, it must reappear in the low scale EFT matrix elements. However, no propagator in the low scale matrix elements has virtuality at this hard scale by construction, so that in the beam sectors, the scale can only appear associated with the large light-cone momentum component. Yet it is precisely integrals over these light-cone components that give rise to the rapidity divergence, so that the beam functions must depend “anomalously” on the ratio or . The soft function’s -dependence is then constrained by the fact the anomalous dimensions sum to zero. Importantly, Lorentz invariance dictates that in the anomalous dimension, the logarithm of must combine with the logarithm of to form the scale , so that at most one logarithm of the scale can appear in the logarithm of the renormalized functions, see Refs. Manohar (2003); Chiu et al. (2008). Thus the rapidity scale does not appear in the anomalous dimension of Eq. (II), and the ultra-violet anomalous dimensions have the form:


By consistency, the dependence of the rapidity anomalous dimension888It is Eq. (II) which justifies the language of “the rapidity anomalous dimension”. However, it is important to remember the rapidity anomalous dimension is in general process dependent. is controlled by the cusp anomalous dimension for wilson lines:


This leads to an all-orders form for the rapidity anomalous dimension:


Lastly, we comment on the scheme dependence of how the rapidity divergences are isolated and removed from the bare functions. Schematically, the cross-section in coordinate space has the form:


Then we may consider the derivative:


where we have used the fact that the total derivate with respect to acts as partial derivative on the momentum components on the Drell-Yan pair:


and and only appear in and with in combinations of and according to the renormalization group equations. The left-hand side of Eq. (23) is independent of how the low-scale matrix elements are regulated. Indeed, the hard-function is the same in a wide variety of infra-red observables both with and without rapidity divergences, and thus can be calculated with or without intermediate rapidity regularization. Then the cancellation of rapidity divergences between the zero-bin subtracted collinear and soft functions allows us to conclude:


Thus all scheme dependence of the rapidity anomalous dimension is directly controlled by the scheme dependence of the hard function, and the anomalous dimension is independent of the regularization procedure999To emphasize, this conclusion holds for any procedure for which the beam sectors are interchangeable under relabeling, and rapidity divergences cancel between low-scale sectors. This cancellation is dependent on the correct zero-bin subtraction being applied to the various sectors given the regulator. The constants of each sector cannot be constrained by this arguement, and thus constitute the scheme dependence of the renormalized function.. There is a further scheme dependence involved with the decomposition into the cusp and non-cusp contributions to the rapidity anomalous dimension, however, this depedence is completely controlled as an initial condition to the solution of the differential equation (20).

For all functions and parameters appeared here, we default to a fixed order expansion around as:


Note that for soft functions, we have assumed non-Abelian exponentiation when performing the expansion Gatheral (1983); Frenkel and Taylor (1984). We gather in App. A each of anomalous dimensions to the highest known perturbative order.

Iii The Exponential Regularization Procedure

We now explain how one can calculate the rapidity anomalous dimension of the soft function of Eq. (13) through the exponential regulated soft function. We first note that the origin of the divergences lay in the multipole expansion between the beam and soft sector’s light-cone components in Eq. (3). We are free to consider then not a strict expansion, but the limiting behavior of the functions as the light-cone components are localized. Specifically, we consider the soft function in coordinate space:


Since no information is lost by taking - as the fully-differential soft function is always a function of the product by the RPI transformations of the effective theory (see Ref. Manohar et al. (2002)) - we use the same notation, i.e. with no subscript for the soft function here. A picture for the coordinate space soft function is depicted in Fig. 2 with . We will show later that the is indeed the artificial scale appearing in the rapidity regularization once we take the limit of .

Figure 2: Coordinate space soft function.

By imposing the energy constraint on the momentum crossing the cut in the diagrammatic expansion, we regulate the integrals over the light-cone components of momenta. This can be seen more clearing in the momentum space, where the measurement of forms an exponential damping factor for the rapidity divergence. It is in this sense we call the function the exponential regulated soft function. This deformation of the transverse momentum dependent (TMD) soft function is particularly revealing, since it is directly relatable to the threshold soft function of Ref. Belitsky (1998), which we define as:


The limit can be taken smoothly, both before and after renormalization, since no on-shell singularities are probed in this limit. One can perform the deformation to any SCET soft functions, forming a general regularization procedure for these theories. The relation to the standard threshold soft function, and the fact that the limit is smooth implies several important features about the exponential regulated soft function. First, its UV anomalous dimension is the same as the threshold soft function:


To qualify as a valid regularization scheme for the TMD soft function, it also has to satisfy the following condition in the limit (for a derivation of this result, we refer to Sec. IV):


from which we can derive constraints on the function form of . To make our statement explicit, let’s first use Eq. (35) to write the exponential regulated soft function as 101010We explicitly write the logarithm of the soft function, since this is most natural from the non-Abelian exponentiation theorem.:


where the second term on the RHS is the -independent part of the soft function, and has a well-behaved series expansion about . By demanding Eq. (36) holds, we obtain the following equation:


This is a non-trivial constraint, since at each order in pertubation theory, the double logarithmic contribution to the behavior of the -independent part must be fixed by the cusp anomalous dimension, and higher order logarithms are determined from the beta-function, both of which form important checks on any calculation of the function. The same regularization can be easily adapted to regulate the rapidity divergence in the TMD-PDFs through the use of fully differential beam function, which we will defer to future work.

This regularization of the TMD soft function has several features to commend it. Firstly, since it is defined via a measurement constraint on the final state radiation, it is manifestly gauge invariant. Non-abelian exponentiation also follows trivially, which we have used in writing down Eq. (37), since the measurement factorizes in its Laplace form to act on each final state parton. Lastly, as seen from Eq. (34), we can actually realize the exponential regulated soft function from its Taylor series expansion about the threshold limit, where all integrals will be reducible to known master integrals. As explained in Sec. V, this means by matching the Taylor series to an ansatz of special functions, we can deduce the full transverse-space dependence of the function from a finite number of terms. Being able to deduce the full transverse-space dependence is critical to being able to construct the rapidity anomalous dimension. In the all-orders form of the exponential regulated soft function in Eq. (37), transverse-space dependence is entirely controlled by its -independent part, which depends on its arguments solely through the scaleless ratio of (neglecting the scale dependence in ). It is the Taylor series about that is probed by the threshold limit, but it is the that controls the rapidity anomalous dimension in Eq. (36). Technically, an infinite number of terms would be necessary, assuming an infinite radius of convergence. However, the space of functions appearing in perturbative calculations is tightly constrained, allowing the full dependence to be deduced from only a finite number of terms even when the taylor series has a finite radius of convergence. It is fascinating that there is a mother function relating both threshold resummation to the transverse momentum resummation: both can be obtained by taking appropriate limits of a single function.

To illustrate how the regulator actually works, we take the one-loop calculation of the soft function as an example. The relevant diagrams are depicted in Fig. 3. For light-like Wilson lines, Fig. 3 vanishes and we only need to consider Fig. 3 and its conjugate.

Figure 3: Cut diagrams for one-loop soft function. Double lines are Wilson lines.

The bare exponential regulated soft function is given by the integral


where . We work in the scheme by a redefinition of the bare scale . Note that is in two dimension, while is in dimension. Due to rotation invariance in the plane for Drell-Yan production, we let . Without loss of generality, we can parameterize as


It is also convenient to use light-cone coordinate for the integral measure,




is the area of unit sphere in dimension. Integrating out , making the following change of variables


with the Jacobian , and using the on-shell delta function, we arrive at


where is the Bessel function of the first kind. The variable is related to the rapidity of soft gluon by . It is clear from Eq. (44) that without the threshold regulator factor, the integral diverges at the end points of infinite rapidity. This is the so-called light-cone/rapidity singularity. The exponential regulator provides an exponential damping factor at infinite rapidity. The resulting and integrals can be done in closed form, giving


It is straightforward to expand the above expression using, e.g., HypExp Huber and Maitre (2006) to arrive at


The renormalized fully differential soft function at one-loop is then obtained by removing the poles,


The exponential regulated soft function is obtained by taking the limit and keeping only the non-vanishing terms,


Once we identify , we can make smooth connection with the rapidity RG formalism, and check that Eq. (48) satisfy the and RG equation.

Iv Transverse Momentum and Threshold Factorization

Figure 4: The physical phase space for a Drell-Yan pair at zero rapidity. The shaded region is the allowed phase space, and different factorization regimes are indicated. The dotted lines indicate where approximate transition regions between the factorizations are found.
Figure 5: The invariant mass for the modes contributing to the threshold production of the Drell-Yan pair. The circles at large light-cone momenta are virtual fluctuations that feed directly to the hard interaction, but have no corresponding real emissions at that scale. Solid dots correspond to modes that can emit into the final state under the threshold constraint.

In contrast to the factorization of Eq. (II), a distinct formula was proposed in Ref. Mantry and Petriello (2010), which did not perform the multipole expansion:


This factorization utilized fully differential beam and soft functions, that are sensitive to the total momentum flow crossing the cut in the diagrammatic expansion of the functions. Since the multipole expansion was not performed, large logarithms may still remain in its perturbative expansion, even after renormalization group evolution. One can find consistent factorization theorems that utilize these fully differential functions in a multi-differential measurement of beam thrust and Drell-Yan transverse momentum, see Refs. Jain et al. (2012); Larkoski et al. (2014); Procura et al. (2015)111111For a further discussion of fully-differential beam functions, see also Refs. Collins et al. (2008); Rogers (2008); Gaunt and Stahlhofen (2014)..

The relative values of are unimportant, since they always appear in the product of as explained earlier. Thus to examine the limit to the TMD soft function, we set and write:


Now the exponential regulated soft function is connected to the fully differential by the analytic continuation from . One can equally well use this Fourier transformed function as a definition of the exponential regulated soft function, instead of the Laplace. However, given that much work on soft threshold integrals has been done in Laplace space, as well as to avoid a proliferation of imaginary numbers, we found it convenient to adopt the Laplace space definition, i.e. using as the new argument.

To understand the origin of our central result, Eq. (36), we simply approach the factorization for the differential spectrum of the Drell-Yan pair from two different limits. For a Drell-Yan pair, the allowed phase space at zero rapidity in terms of the transverse momentum and the residual partonic energy scale is plotted in Fig. 4. First we consider the factorization starting with the standard inclusive differential Drell-Yan cross-section, at large to moderate , moving along the upper line in Fig. 4. To avoid convolutions, it is simplest to work in position space, and the standard inclusive Drell-Yan cross-section admits a factorization into collinear PDFs as:


where is the inclusive hard coefficient, i.e. partonic cross section, and the standard collinear PDF is related to the fully differential beam functions by taking the transverse and small lightcone component to zero. This cross-section admits a further factorization in the threshold region, where the hard inclusive coefficient splits into the form factor derived hard function and a soft factor that is fully differential as in Ref. Mantry and Petriello (2010), and the PDFs are taken to their threshold expressions, that is, taking the Bjorken scale in the momentum space:


Substituting these functions into Eq. (51), we achieve the threshold factorization for the differential spectrum of Drell-Yan:


Thus the fully differential or exponential regulated soft function does appear in a factorization theorem with homogeneous power counting, when the modes are organized as in Fig. 5.

Alternatively, we may approach the threshold regime already assuming small transverse momentum. Let’s rewrite Eq. (II) as,


The TMD-beam functions can then be further factorized into an additional soft factor and the threshold PDF, reminicent of Ref. Korchemsky and Marchesini (1993):


both sides of these equations have the same rapidity divergences, which on the right hand side are carried by the soft factor alone. This is the same soft factor appearing in the SCET factorization of the multi-differential beam thrust and transverse momentum phase space, see Ref. Procura et al. (2015). By substituting Eq. (IV) in to Eq. (56), we again achieve another threshold factorization for the Drell-Yan process, where now all functions have been refactorized in the threshold power counting as in Fig. 6.

Figure 6: Refactorizing the TMD functions in the power counting of the threshold region. Both the PDF’s and coefficients for TMD matching to PDF’s get expanded.

Demanding consistency between these two factorizations in their overlapping domain of validity, we conclude:


This equality holds at the level of renormalized functions. The left-hand side is free from rapidity divergences, but in the limit (the small limit) has a large logarithm at each order in perturbation theory (the limit to zero light-cone position is not smooth). This corresponds to the fact that each factor on the right is naively rapidity divergent. With appropriate regularization and subtractions, these divergences will cancel, making way for the RRG. Following the arguments of the logarithms of the intermediate rapidity renormalization, we are then lead to Eq. (36) similarly to how we concluded Eq. (25). That is, since the rapidity divergences cancel between the three soft functions, we can interprete the fully differential soft function as a direct calculation of the rapidity renormalized soft function. Note that the expansion is very important. When we factorize the threshold region in the inclusive hard coefficient, we perform no expansion between the energy of the hadronic final state and its transverse momentum. In contrast, when further factorizing the small transverse momentum factorization in the threshold limit, an expansion between the energy of the final state and its transverse momentum has already been performed to arrive at Eq. (II). The expansion in (58) is the common region of validity between these two approaches to the threshold region121212Though the appropriate threshold factorization is of the differential spectrum (51)..

The smoothness of the limit is also seen from the threshold factorization of Eq. (51) using Eq. (52). If we fourier transform Eq. (51) with respect to , and take the limit , we recover the traditional factorization of the threshold Drell-Yan spectrum, see for instance Ref. Becher et al. (2008). Since this factorization has no singularities associated with its localization at zero impact parameter, we conclude the limit is smooth to all orders, which is born out by explicit calculations up to and including three loops. Again, this is not surprising since the resummation structure driven by the renormalization group for the threshold factorization is resumming large logarithms associated with the light-cone variables and , not the transverse momentum.

Similar functions appear in joint resummation (see Refs. Laenen et al. (2001); Kulesza et al. (2002, 2004)) that seeks to combine threshold and transverse momentum resummation. In particular, a similar refactorization to Eqs. (IV) and (58) was considered. There the authors sought to combine into a single formula the resummation for both the threshold logarithms and the transverse momentum spectrum. Our aim has been distinct, which was to provide a new method for calculating all quantities needed for resummation from a single fully differential function. However, the family of factorizations we have derived would also allow us to examine the structure for genuine joint resummation. We find that there are three distinct factorization theorems, each of which is seperately consistent under ultraviolet and rapidity renormalization, Eqs. (II), (55) and Eq. (55) with the substitution of Eq. (58). One can consider a merging scheme as derived by Procura et al. (2015) that would also attempt to combine both threshold and transverse momentum resummation, such that the scheme is accurate to in all limits. One could also include small- resummation following Forte and Muselli (2016); Marzani (2015).

V Bootstrapping the fully differential soft function

At first sight, the one-loop calculation using exponential regulator in section III doesn’t seem to simplify the calculation. Even worse, exponential regulator introduce an extra non-trivial scale into the problem, which leads to the appearance of non-trivial analytic function in the one-loop calculation. However, such seeming weaknesses will be shown to be strengths, once we examine the two-loop calculation for fully differential soft function already performed in Ref. Li et al. (2011), where the results are given in terms of polylogarithms up to weight four with rational coefficients. In this section, we shall show that the simple structure of the results in Ref. Li et al. (2011) allows us to calculate the fully differential soft function without actually calculating the corresponding Feynman integrals.

As defined in Sec. II, we can expand the renormalized fully differential soft function in the following exponential, thanks to the on-Abelian exponentiation theorem:


The results in Ref. Li et al. (2011) then can be rewritten in terms of Harmonic Polylogarithms (HPLs) of Remiddi and Vermaseren Remiddi and Vermaseren (2000), taking into account the exponentiation in Eq. (59):


where we have only kept the scale independent part by setting . are scale independent constant in threshold resummation, whose explicit formula are collected in the appendix. We use to denote the Casimir of the initial parton. for Drell-Yan production, and for Higgs production. are HPLs with weight vector , while . We have used the shorthand notation for the weight vector of HPLs Remiddi and Vermaseren (2000) 131313In this notation, weight vector with trailing zeros to the left of a is written as . For example, .. The exceedingly simplicity of Eq. (60) makes one wonder whether there is simpler way to obtain them, instead of the brute-force calculation done in Ref. Li et al. (2011). Indeed, we found that the results in Eq. (60) can be obtained using bootstrap method, which we shall explain below.

The bootstrap program is extremely successful in calculating scattering amplitudes in planar SYM, in particular for six-point amplitudes. Briefly speaking, for a -loop planar amplitudes with the Bern-Dixon-Smirnov Bern et al. (2005) factored out, one can make an ansatz consists of rational linear combination of transcendental function of transcendental weight . In general the ansatz contains a large number of unknown coefficients. Remarkably, in the case of six-point planar amplitudes, they can be uniquely fixed by expanding the ansatz in the boundaries of phase space, where prediction exist thanks to knowledge of resummation and integrability. This approach is so powerful that even planar five-loop NMHV amplitudes in SYM can be obtained in tis way Dixon et al. (2016).

On the other hand, examples of application of bootstrap method in QCD calculation are less common. The reason is that, in QCD the ansatz is usually much more complicated than in at given loop order. For example, the transcendental functions in the ansatz can be multiplied by non-trivial ratio function of kinematics variables, and the transcendental weight can ranged from to in an -loop amplitude. Furthermore, integrability is lost in QCD, therefore the number of boundary data for fixing the ansatz are much smaller than in