Diffractive Dijet Production and Wigner Distributionsfrom the Color Glass Condensate

Diffractive Dijet Production and Wigner Distributions
from the Color Glass Condensate

Heikki Mäntysaari heikki.mantysaari@jyu.fi Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, P.O. Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland Helsinki Institute of Physics, P.O. Box 64, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland    Niklas Mueller nmueller@bnl.gov Physics Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Bldg. 510A, Upton, NY 11973, USA    Björn Schenke bschenke@bnl.gov Physics Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Bldg. 510A, Upton, NY 11973, USA
July 20, 2019

Experimental processes that are sensitive to parton Wigner distributions provide a powerful tool to advance our understanding of proton structure. In this work, we compute gluon Wigner and Husimi distributions of protons within the Color Glass Condensate framework, which includes a spatially dependent McLerran-Venugopalan initial configuration and the explicit numerical solution of the JIMWLK equation. We determine the leading anisotropy of the Wigner and Husimi distributions as a function of the angle between impact parameter and transverse momentum. We study experimental signatures of these angular correlations at a proposed Electron Ion Collider by computing coherent diffractive dijet production cross sections in e+p collisions within the same framework. Specifically, we predict the elliptic modulation of the cross section as a function of the relative angle between nucleon recoil and dijet transverse momentum for a wide kinematical range. We further predict its dependence on collision energy, which is dominated by the growth of the proton with decreasing .

I Introduction

Diffractive processes in deep inelastic scattering of electrons off protons or heavier nuclei can provide important information on the target’s structure in coordinate and momentum space Wusthoff and Martin (1999). For example, diffractive vector meson production is sensitive to the spatial profile and fluctuations in the target for the coherent and incoherent cross sections, respectively Good and Walker (1960); Miettinen and Pumplin (1978); Mäntysaari and Schenke (2016a, b, 2018).

Diffractive dijet production has been argued to provide access to the gluon Wigner distribution of nuclei Hatta et al. (2016). Wigner distributions Ji (2003); Belitsky et al. (2004); Lorce and Pasquini (2011) encode all quantum information about partons, including information on both generalized parton distributions (GPD) Diehl (2003); Belitsky and Radyushkin (2005) and transverse momentum dependent parton distributions (TMD) Collins and Soper (1982); Mulders and Rodrigues (2001); Meissner et al. (2007); Petreska (2018). They contain essential information on the partonic spatial and momentum distributions, as well as the distribution of orbital angular momentum inside the nucleon Aschenauer et al. (2015); Smithey et al. (1993); Hagiwara and Hatta (2015); Lorce and Pasquini (2011); Lorce et al. (2012); Lorce and Pasquini (2012); Leader and Lorcé (2014); Hagiwara et al. (2016). It has further been suggested to use Wigner distributions to quantify entanglement entropy in the proton wave function probed in high energy processes Kovner and Lublinsky (2015); Kovner et al. (2018); Calabrese and Cardy (2004); Kharzeev and Levin (2017); Hagiwara et al. (2018); Kutak (2011); Berges et al. (2018); Elze (1995); Peschanski (2013). Wigner distributions are quantum distributions and not positive definite, but have a probabilistic interpretation in certain semi-classical limits Moyal (1949); Hillery et al. (1984); Polkovnikov (2010); Mueller and Venugopalan (). Other quantum phase space distributions can be constructed, such as Husimi Husimi (1940) and generalized distributions, routinely used in quantum optics Drummond and Gardiner (1980); Drummond et al. (1981).

A future Electron Ion Collider (EIC) Boer et al. (2011); Accardi et al. (2016); Aschenauer et al. (2019) will allow proton tomography with unprecedented precision, measuring parton position, momentum and spin inside protons and nucleons. The EIC would open up vast possibilities for understanding the gluon Wigner distribution by measuring diffractive dijet production as a function of the nucleon recoiled momentum and the dijet transverse momentum. Similar research directions may be explored at a possible Large Hadron Electron Collider (LHeC) Abelleira Fernandez et al. (2012).

Theoretical descriptions of diffractive cross sections in Deep Inelastic Scattering (DDIS) follow two main approaches: A collinear factorization theorem exists for inclusive diffraction, relying on the existence of a single hard scale to factorize diffractive cross sections into process dependent hard scattering coefficient functions and a set of process independent diffractive parton distribution functions (DPDFs) Collins (1998); Wusthoff and Martin (1999). For exclusive processes, like the production of jets in diffractive hadron-hadron collisions, this factorization fails Collins et al. (1993); Collins (2011). This is because of non-cancellation of soft interactions (’Glauber’ or ’Coulomb’ gluons) between the incoming hadrons and/or their remnants in the initial and final state. Our main focus in this work is diffractive jet production, previously studied at HERA Diehl (1995); Bartels et al. (1996a, b, 1999); Wolf (2010), where large differences between next-to-leading order calculations and experimental data from ZEUS Chekanov et al. (2008) and H1 Adloff et al. (2001); Aktas et al. (2007); Aaron et al. (2010, 2012); Andreev et al. (2015a, b) have been attributed to factorization breaking Kaidalov et al. (2003); Klasen and Kramer (2004, 2008)111We note that the HERA data referred to here is not fully exclusive, allowing for additional (unidentified) particles in the final state (in addition to dijet and proton). Similar processes are considered in ultraperipheral collisions at ATLAS ATL (); Guzey and Klasen (2018)..

Another approach is -dependent factorization Catani et al. (1991); Collins and Ellis (1991); Levin et al. (1991) of diffractive cross sections where diffraction occurs via ’Pomeron exchange’, which in the perturbative regime can be understood as a two-gluon color singlet exchange. The umbrella term ’ dependent factorization’ encompasses a wide range of approaches, including Balitsky-Fadin-Kuraev-Lipatov (BFKL) evolution Kuraev et al. (1977); Balitsky and Lipatov (1978), the dipole model Kopeliovich et al. (1981); Bertsch et al. (1981); Mueller (1990); Nikolaev and Zakharov (1991), the Color Glass Condensate (CGC) McLerran and Venugopalan (1994a, b, c); Gelis et al. (2010); Albacete and Marquet (2014), Balitsky-Kovchegov (BK) evolution Balitsky (1996); Kovchegov (1999) and high energy factorization Catani and Hautmann (1994).

At very small the Color Glass Condensate effective theory, describing Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) in the high energy limit, is a suitable framework to compute diffractive processes. In this framework, slow modes in the fast moving target are highly occupied gluon fields, which can be described classically by the Yang-Mills equations. Fast modes act as sources for these slow modes. Renormalization group equations govern the evolution of the separation between hard and soft modes towards lower momentum fraction. These are the Jalilian-Marian-Iancu-McLerran-Weigert-Leonidov-Kovner JIMWLK equations Jalilian-Marian et al. (1997a, b, 1998); Iancu and McLerran (2001); Ferreiro et al. (2002); Iancu et al. (2001a, b), which in the limit of a large number of colors simplify to the Balitsky-Kovchegov equations Balitsky (1996); Kovchegov (1999). The JIMWLK equations resum all terms enhanced by large logarithms in , resulting in leading logarithmic accuracy. Next-to-leading order corrections were included several years ago Balitsky and Chirilli (2008, 2013); Kovner et al. (2014a, b), but, as opposed to the leading logarithmic case Weigert (2002); Rummukainen and Weigert (2004), at this point no (numerical) solution of the NLO JIMWLK equations has been explored.

The CGC provides the necessary ingredients to compute coherent diffraction in the dipole picture. Here, color-singlet Pomeron exchange is understood as the color-diagonal Good and Walker (1960) interaction of a dipole with a stochastic ensemble of classical color fields in the eikonal limit. A stochastic average over target color configurations is required, which when performed on the level of the scattering amplitude is equivalent to assuming that the target remains intact (’coherent diffraction’).

In the dipole picture, hard diffractive dijet production in small--deeply inelastic scattering (DIS) has been considered in Hatta et al. (2016) and in Altinoluk et al. (2016). Related work includes Boussarie et al. (2018), where it was suggested to study forward diffractive quarkonia production in collisions to probe the Weizsäcker-Williams gluon distribution and Hagiwara et al. (2017), where access to the gluon Wigner distributions via ultra-peripheral collisions was discussed. Exclusive double production of pseudoscalar quarkonia and its relation to the gluon Wigner distributions in nucleon-nucleon collisions was explored in Bhattacharya et al. (2018).

In this manuscript, we present calculations of the gluon Wigner and Husimi distributions in the proton within the CGC framework at leading logarithmic order. We introduce a spatially dependent color charge distribution of the proton, constrained by DIS data from HERA. The energy dependence of the corresponding Wigner distribution is determined by numerically solving the JIMWLK evolution equations. We compute correlations between impact parameter and transverse momentum and extract the elliptic anisotropy coefficient of Wigner and Husimi distributions.

In order to connect the Wigner distribution to experimental observables, we perform an extensive study of diffractive dijet production cross sections in collision at typical EIC kinematics within the same framework. We focus on dijet kinematics in the so-called correlation limit and predict the dependence of elliptic modulations as a function of the relative angle between nucleon recoil and dijet transverse momentum on collision energy and kinematics, which can be tested at a future EIC.

This manuscript is organized as follows: In Section II.1 we illustrate how gluon Wigner distributions can be directly computed within the CGC in the small -limit. In Section II.2 we discuss the production cross section for dijets in virtual photon-nucleus scattering, for arbitrary photon virtuality and quark mass. In Section III we compute gluon Wigner and Husimi distributions from the CGC and study correlations between impact parameter and transverse momentum.

In Section IV we present our results for diffractive dijet production cross sections in collisions at typical EIC energies. First, in Section IV.1 we present a simple baseline study based on the IP-Sat model and disentangle genuine correlations from kinematic effects. We then compute diffractive cross sections for charm jets from the CGC in Section IV.2 and study the dependence of the elliptic Fourier coefficient on the dijet momentum, photon virtuality and collision energy.

Our findings are supplemented by multiple appendices: In Appendix A we present details of the Wigner function derivation from the CGC and a practical approach to numerically compute Wigner and Husimi distributions in this framework. In Appendix B we discuss conventions for transverse dijet momentum variables and in Appendix C we investigate the dependence of azimuthal dijet correlations on the proton size.

Ii Wigner distributions from Coherent Diffractive Dijet Production

ii.1 The structure of nucleons from Wigner distributions

Five dimensional quantum phase space Wigner distributions contain complete information of partons inside a hadron. In this study we focus on gluon distributions in the small limit and, following the conventions of Hatta et al. (2016), we write the gluon Wigner distribution,


as the Fourier transform of the generalized transverse momentum dependent (GTMD) dipole gluon distribution Meissner et al. (2009); Lorcé and Pasquini (2013); Echevarria et al. (2016),


Here, is the non-Abelian field strength tensor and are future and past oriented Wilson lines. Bold-faced variables denote 2D transverse coordinates or momenta. In the CGC-limit Eq.(II.1) can be written as222Details can be found in Appendix A. Dominguez et al. (2011); Hatta et al. (2016)


where the matrix elements are replaced by an average over classical target color configurations. The properties of the target at small enter through the energy dependent dipole amplitude,


where is the dipole size and the impact parameter. Eq.(4) can be directly computed from the fundamental Wilson lines in the CGC effective theory. Alternatively, one can parameterize Eq.(4), e.g. as in the Golec-Biernat - Wüsthoff Golec-Biernat and Wusthoff (1998, 1999, 2001); Golec-Biernat and Stasto (2003), or IP-Sat Kowalski and Teaney (2003) model.

The dipole amplitude is widely used to compute cross sections of various DIS processes in the small limit. Within the dipole model, proton structure functions Albacete et al. (2011); Rezaeian et al. (2013); Lappi and Mäntysaari (2013a); Mäntysaari and Zurita (2018), single Lappi and Mäntysaari (2013a); Tribedy and Venugopalan (2011); Fujii and Watanabe (2013); Ma and Venugopalan (2014); Ducloué et al. (2015, 2016) and double inclusive Albacete and Marquet (2010); Stasto et al. (2012); Lappi and Mäntysaari (2013b); Kovchegov and Levin (2000) particle production in proton-proton collisions, and diffractive processes kuroda and Schildknecht (2006); Kowalski et al. (2008); Lappi and Mäntysaari (2011); Toll and Ullrich (2013); Lappi et al. (2015); Mäntysaari and Schenke (2016b, 2018), including those in ultra-peripheral nucleus-nucleus and proton-nucleus collisions Goncalves and Machado (2005); Caldwell and Kowalski (2010, 2009); Lappi and Mäntysaari (2013c); Mäntysaari and Schenke (2017) have been computed.

Most inclusive processes are not very sensitive to the full momentum and spatial structure of the nucleon, as impact parameter and/or transverse momenta are usually integrated over. In contrast, more exclusive cross-sections can provide access to five-dimensional gluon Wigner distributions and diffractive dijet production is particularly well suited for this task Hatta et al. (2016). To probe impact parameter and transverse momentum dependent gluon dipole distributions, the authors of Hatta et al. (2016) proposed to study coherent diffractive dijet production off a nuclear target in the correlation limit (defined below) – a process which can be probed at the future Electron-Ion-Collider.

ii.2 Diffractive Dijet Production in the Dipole Picture

In this section, we outline the basic elements for the calculation of coherent diffractive dijet production in DIS off a nuclear target,


where () are in- and out-going lepton (target) four-momenta, and and are the four momenta of the the produced dijet. In particular, , denote the light-cone momenta of the jets, where is the photon longitudinal momentum and .

The scattering process occurs via the exchange of a virtual photon between target and lepton, and can be interpreted as photon-nucleon scattering for given lepton kinematics, . In the dipole approximation, the scattering then entails the virtual photon fluctuating into a quark-antiquark color dipole, which in turn interacts with the color field of the nucleus. In the eikonal approximation the quarks exchange color with the target and receive a ’kick’ of transverse momentum. In coherent diffractive scattering no net color is exchanged between projectile and target and the target stays intact. Below, we call outgoing quark and antiquark ’jets’, but a fully phenomenological study requires fragmentation via event generators Dumitru et al. (2018).

Following Beuf (2012); Altinoluk et al. (2016), we write the S-matrix element for the diffractive process as


where , , are charge, flavor, helicity and color of the outgoing dijets, Wilson lines in the fundamental representation (discussed below) and . Here, is the photon light-cone wave function with longitudinal or transverse polarization describing the splitting into a dipole of size and orientation Kovchegov and Levin (2012); Beuf (2012).

For the coherent diffractive process, the target remains intact and we average over target color configurations on the amplitude level. The production cross section of a dijet pair with momenta can be written as


where is the scattering amplitude, defined as , with the S-matrix. A diffractive process is characterized by color neutral exchange (’Pomeron-exchange’) and the resulting rapidity gap between the outgoing dijet system and the struck target, where no particles are produced. The scattering matrix is color-diagonal and allows us to write the dipole-target interaction as Good and Walker (1960)


In this study, we express dijet production cross sections in the transverse momentum variables333An alternative coordinate choice is discussed in Appendix B.


In these coordinates, the dijet production cross section for transversely polarized photons reads Beuf (2012); Altinoluk et al. (2016)


where is given by Eq.(4) and we abbreviated , and . Here, are light-cone photon polarization vectors and are modified Bessel functions of the second kind. The longitudinal momentum fraction of the ’Pomeron’ is defined by


where is the virtuality of the photon, the center-of-mass energy squared of the photon-target system, the target mass, the invariant mass-squared of the dijet system and is the Mandelstam variable.

Analogously, the cross section for photons with longitudinal polarization reads


Angular correlations can be parameterized by azimuthal Fourier decomposition,




is the relative angle between dijet and target recoil momentum. The coefficients are experimentally measurable by analysis of the azimuthal distribution of dijets. By Fourier transform, the angular correlation in the dijet cross section is sensitive to the relative orientation between and .

Here, we study the dijet cross section in the correlation limit, , where the individual jets are almost back-to-back. In this limit, one is most sensitive to dipole contributions from the peripheral region at large . In Hagiwara et al. (2017) it was further shown that in the correlation limit for , a direct relation between the diffractive dijet cross section and the gluon Wigner distribution can be established.

ii.3 The dipole amplitude at small

In this section, we discuss two approaches to compute the dipole amplitude, Eq.(4). The first will be a model parameterization from the impact parameter dependent saturation (IP-Sat) model Kowalski and Teaney (2003), which has been successfully used to describe a range of data, from HERA inclusive and diffractive DIS data Rezaeian et al. (2013); Rezaeian and Schmidt (2013); Mäntysaari and Zurita (2018) to n-particle multiplicity distributions in and collisions at RHIC and LHC Tribedy and Venugopalan (2011, 2012); Albacete et al. (2013). The second one will be a CGC computation, where the dipole interaction with the target is directly encoded in fundamental Wilson lines.

ii.3.1 IP-Sat model

In the IP-Sat model the dipole amplitude is given by


Its impact parameter dependence arises from the transverse spatial color profile of the proton, assumed to be Gaussian,


The IP-Sat model is -dependent through the Dokshitzer-Gribov-Lipatov-Altarelli-Parisi (DGLAP) Gribov and Lipatov (1972a, b); Altarelli and Parisi (1977); Dokshitzer (1977) evolved gluon distribution function at scale . The proton width , the initial scale and the initial conditions for are obtained from fits to HERA DIS data Mäntysaari and Zurita (2018). Note that, independent of , the IP-Sat model always parameterizes the long distance behavior as for , in contrast to the CGC computation for finite systems Golec-Biernat and Stasto (2003); Schlichting and Schenke (2014).

The IP-Sat model is not useful when studying azimuthal correlations in diffractive dijet production, because it does not depend on , but only on and separately. Consequently, it cannot reproduce any angular correlation between and . In addition, the IP-Sat model contains only DGLAP evolution and we expect it cannot capture important features of the full JIMWLK CGC computation. However, by artificially introducing angular correlations, we can consider the IP-Sat parameterization as a simple baseline test,


where we included a dependent term


Varying the parameter allows one to regulate the amount of anisotropy in the gluon Wigner distribution by hand and to study the effects on dijet cross sections. Similar parameterization are used in Altinoluk et al. (2016), and a more sophisticated analytic expression, albeit with no dependence, was discussed for example in Iancu and Rezaeian (2017). In the latter study, in accordance with our expectations, correlations occur in connection with gradients of the target color charge density. Specifically, these correlation vanish in the homogeneous regime at small and , a feature not reproduced by our Eq.(II.3.1).

Instead of performing further modifications of the IP-Sat model, we set out to compute the gluon dipole distribution directly from the Color Glass Condensate effective theory at small , including its energy evolution via the JIMWLK renormalization group equations in the next subsection.

ii.3.2 Color Glass Condensate computation

In this section, we discuss the derivation of the dipole amplitude from the Color Glass Condensate effective theory McLerran and Venugopalan (1994a, b, c); Gelis et al. (2010); Albacete and Marquet (2014). For an initial , it is computed as a stochastic average from fundamental Wilson lines , which are obtained by solving classical Yang-Mills equations with target color sources sampled from a local Gaussian distribution


where the color charge density is related to the IP-Sat value for the saturation scale at moderately large ,


An impact parameter independent target allows to compute the value of the parameter directly Lappi (2008), and we will vary the parameter between in the impact parameter dependent case.

For a given target color configuration, the solutions of the Yang-Mills equation specify Wilson lines,


Here, an IR cutoff GeV has been introduced to avoid nonphysical Coulomb tails at distances where non-perturbative effects become important.

After computing Wilson lines at some initial , we determine the energy evolution of the dipole amplitude using the JIMWLK equations Jalilian-Marian et al. (1997a, b, 1998); Iancu and McLerran (2001); Ferreiro et al. (2002); Iancu et al. (2001a, b). At leading logarithmic order, the JIMWLK renormalization group equations can be written as a functional Fokker-Planck equation Weigert (2002) and explicitly expressed as a Langevin equation for the stochastic Wilson lines ,


where is the rapidity and are generators in the fundamental representation. The drift term in Eq.(22) reads


where the Wilson lines , and generators are in the adjoint representation. The ’s are stochastic and are sampled from a Gaussian distribution with zero mean and variance given by


The kernel in Eq.(22) is


where we abbreviated . It is possible to eliminate the drift term by writing Lappi and Mäntysaari (2013d)


Within the CGC JIMWLK evolution, long distance tails are encountered in the Coulomb kernel . These lead to an exponential growth of the cross section with rapidity Kovner and Wiedemann (2002); Golec-Biernat and Stasto (2003); Berger and Stasto (2011), ultimately violating the Froissart unitarity bound Froissart (1961); Martin (1963) unless regulated by non-perturbative physics at large distance scale. To regularize the non-perturbative regime, we follow the prescription of Schlichting and Schenke (2014) and instead use the kernel


where and is a modified Bessel function.

We include running coupling effects in our analysis and evaluate the coupling constant as follows Lappi and Mäntysaari (2013d),


where , GeV and Mäntysaari and Schenke (2018). In practice, we fix the initial condition for the JIMWLK evolution at from the IP-Sat model. We then evolve towards smaller by solving the JIMWLK evolution equations. We study different choices of IR regulators and , in a range which is constrained by and consistent with data Mäntysaari and Schenke (2016b, 2018), and we compare fixed versus running coupling , c.f. Eq.(28). For more details, we refer the reader to Mäntysaari and Schenke (2018).

Iii Gluon Wigner and Husimi distributions at small from the Color Glass Condensate

In the CGC approach, angular correlations between impact parameter and dipole orientation in the dipole amplitude emerge naturally and need not be modeled, in contrast to e.g. the situation in the IP-Sat model Eq.(II.3.1).

In this section, we present a CGC study with fixed and infrared regulators GeV and GeV as in Mäntysaari and Schenke (2018), and obtain the dipole amplitude by solving the JIMWLK evolution equations with rapidity defined as


where . In Fig. 1, we show the normalized dipole amplitude as a function of the relative angle between impact parameter and dipole orientation . We present results for the initial condition () and after and  units of rapidity evolution. Here, the dipole amplitude is largest whenever the dipole is oriented along the impact parameter, which is expected as this configuration is most sensitive to (radial) color gradients (for a similar analysis using impact parameter dependent BK evolution, see Berger and Stasto (2011)).

To quantify this behavior, the elliptic component of the dipole amplitude is defined as


where is the average dipole amplitude. We plot the dependence of for different impact parameters in Fig. 2 and find that the energy (rapidity or ) evolution suppresses the elliptic component significantly. This is a consequence of the proton’s growth with energy, leading to smoother density gradients for fixed impact parameter. We observe a similar trend for the energy dependence of diffractive dijet cross sections presented in Section IV.2. Further discussion of the proton size dependence can be found in Appendix. C.

Figure 1: The dipole scattering amplitude in the Color Glass Condensate framework as a function of angle between dipole size  and impact parameter , at and after the JIMWLK evolution up to and . The results are normalized by the average, .


Figure 2: Energy (x or rapidity) dependence of the elliptic component of the dipole amplitude over  units of rapidity for different values of .


Next, we study the Wigner and Husimi gluon distributions, which encode information about the transverse momentum and coordinate dependence of the small- gluons, as discussed in Section  II.1. The quasi-probabilistic gluon Wigner distribution is real but not necessarily positive; following Hagiwara et al. (2016) its small (CGC-) limit can be computed from Eq.(II.1), and reads


The Husimi distribution is positive semidefinite and can be computed from the Wigner distribution by Gaussian smearing of transverse momentum and impact parameter. Following Hagiwara et al. (2016), it can be written as


where is an arbitrary smearing parameter.

We investigated various values for and present results for only. This is a reasonable choice, ensuring the spatial smearing scale to be smaller than the proton, while keeping also the (inversely proportional) momentum smearing scale small enough to resolve the transverse momentum spectrum of soft gluons in the proton’s wave function. However, the dependence on this smearing scale is a disadvantage for interpretations of the Husimi distribution. We argue below that while Husimi and Wigner distributions agree in certain limits where smearing has no effect, some of the former’s features can be -dependent, making it more favorable to work with the Wigner distribution instead.

Similarly as for the dipole amplitude, we study the elliptic modulation of Wigner and Husimi distributions. Because (in Eq.(30)) is not defined at zero crossings of the respective distribution (recall that the Wigner distribution is not positive definite), we proceed with a different parameterization Hagiwara et al. (2016)444In Appendix A we outline a practical computation of these coefficients.


and similar for the Husimi distribution,


In Fig. 3, we show the lowest moments and of Wigner and Husimi distributions as a function of transverse momentum and for different rapidities and . The effect of smearing is most prominent at small momenta, where . At large momenta, where both Husimi and Wigner distributions are positive, smearing has no effect and the distributions agree.

Figure 3: Wigner and Husimi distributions from the CGC at (lower black lines) and after units of rapidity evolution (upper blue lines) as a function of transverse momentum . These results are averaged over the azimuthal angle between the transverse momentum and the impact parameter.


Figure 4: Elliptic components and of Wigner and Husimi distributions at (black lines) and after units of rapidity evolution (blue lines), as a function of transverse momentum.


The presented Wigner distribution should be contrasted with the results of a previous analysis of gluon Wigner distributions Hagiwara et al. (2016), with results relatively similar to ours. Overall we find qualitative agreement for GeV, however we do not find that position of the characteristic peak in Fig. 3 evolves with energy in our study. We also do not recover a feature, seen in Hagiwara et al. (2016), where the Wigner distribution rises from below to zero at very small momentum.

Figure 5: Elliptic coefficient of the Husimi distribution at for different impact parameters, shown as a function of transverse momentum .


We are not surprised by the differences between the model study Hagiwara et al. (2016) and our numerical CGC computation. At small momentum, (nonperturbatively-) large dipoles (as large as a few fm) give a significant contribution to the Wigner distribution, while the only effective regulator of these contributions is the proton size. In our framework this extreme IR behavior is parameterized by the infrared regulators and (see Eqs. (21) and (27)), which are constrained to some degree by HERA data555A more detailed discussion of the IR regulator dependence can be found in Section IV.. In contrast, the authors of Hagiwara et al. (2016) introduced an explicit exponential suppression factor (by hand) to cut off contributions from this regime666Note that large distance contributions to the Husimi distribution are suppressed by the smearing scale ..

In Fig. 4 we show the elliptic components  and as a function of transverse momentum. We find the magnitude of to be on the percent level when compared to , similar as in Hagiwara et al. (2016). We observe that the elliptic part of the Wigner distribution is much larger than that of the Husimi distribution for GeV. It is numerically difficult to extract at larger momentum, but we find that the distributions agree in this regime within error bands shown in Fig. 4. The small behavior of  and is again sensitive to infrared regularization and deserves further study.

In order to gain intuition and to illustrate some of the difficulties in its interpretation, we study the Husimi distribution in more detail. For better comparison with the component of the dipole amplitude and of the dijet cross section studied below, we present the normalized elliptic coefficient in Fig. 5,


Here, we show the momentum dependence of  for () at different impact parameters. As expected, vanishes at small where the average proton color profile is nearly homogeneous and cannot have any angular dependence. The elliptic component peaks at a characteristic moderately large (the exact position of the peak depends on the parameter ) and approaches zero at small and large momentum.

Figure 6: Rapidity evolution of the elliptic part of the Husimi distribution as a function of transverse momentum .


In Fig. 6, we show the energy (rapidity) dependence of at fixed impact parameter, where again the growth of the proton with energy leads to a decrease of , which may be compared to the component of the dipole amplitude and of the dijet cross section studied below. Remarkably, the decrease of with energy, caused by the decreasing density gradients, is not uniform for all . In the small momentum regime, the decrease of is prevented by the fact that when the proton grows, one first starts to include dipoles with transverse separation with large elliptic modulation. Eventually, the proton grows larger than these dipoles and the probed density gradients become smaller, resulting in a (delayed) decrease of at small transverse momentum.

This behavior exemplifies some of the difficulties in assigning a physical interpretation to the Husimi distribution. For example, with smaller  (less smearing in transverse coordinate space), the dipole sizes would be more strongly limited and would uniformly decrease for all .777One could optimize the choice of for each , thereby finding the optimal resolution for given proton size and characteristic transverse momentum scale . In this way one could reduce the parameter dependence of the elliptic modulation in the Husimi distribution, but this is not a very attractive option. While the positivity of the distribution might be an appealing argument for a probabilistic interpretation, we wish to argue that more robust information can be extracted from the Wigner distribution.

In the next section we compute diffractive coherent dijet production cross sections in electron-proton scattering at typical EIC energies. Here, we study angular correlations between the dijet transverse momentum and proton recoil, which are directly sensitive to correlations between impact parameter and transverse momentum in the gluon Wigner and Husimi distributions.

Figure 7: Transverse (black), longitudinal (red) and total cross section (blue) for dijet with either up or down quarks, as a function of , where GeV, and .
Figure 8: Normalized transverse (black), longitudinal (red) and total cross sections (blue) for light quarks as a function of the relative angle , from the IP-Sat dipole with (thick lines) and without (thin lines) angular correlation between and , c.f. Eq.(II.3.1). Here GeV, GeV, . The cross section is integrated over and over the direction of the proton recoil .

Iv Coherent diffractive dijet production

In this section, we present results for coherent diffractive dijet production in virtual photon-proton scattering. We investigate angular correlations between transverse dijet momenta and target recoil. We focus on typical EIC kinematics and for most of our study we fix the proton beam energy GeV, and the center of mass energy to be GeV. Our results are presented in the analysis frame, where the photon and incoming nucleon have no transverse momentum and our convention is that the photon (proton) has a large () momentum. Below, we first discuss results from the IP-Sat parameterization, which we use to disentangle kinematic effects from genuine correlations in the underlying gluon dipole distribution.

iv.1 Baseline study: Angular correlation in the modified IP-Sat model

Figure 9: Elliptic Fourier coefficient for light quark dijets as a function of , integrated over , for the IP-Sat model with (thick lines) and without (thin) angular correlations. Here, GeV, GeV, .

We begin with an overview of our results for coherent diffractive dijet production from the IP-Sat parameterization, with (Eq.(II.3.1)) and without (Eq.(15)) angular correlations between impact parameter and dipole orientation. We present results for typical EIC kinematics, where GeV, GeV and GeV.

Figure 10: Cross section for transversely (left), longitudinally (center) polarized photons and total cross section (right), as a function of the longitudinal momentum fraction of one jet . A sizable is induced by kinematic effects, because is not constant along for fixed , according to Eq.(II.2). This effect is and vanishes only in the asymptotic correlation limit.

In Fig. 7 we show the cross section for longitudinally and transversely polarized photons as a function of transverse dijet momentum , where we have set GeV and . These results are for light flavor jets with quark mass GeV and symmetric longitudinal jet momenta . As expected, the cross section is steeply falling with increasing jet momentum and the total cross section dominated by longitudinally polarized photons for photon virtuality GeV.

In Fig. 8, we show normalized dijet cross sections as a function of the relative angle between jet transverse momentum and target recoil . Here, we integrate over longitudinal momentum fraction . We compare results from the conventional IP-Sat parameterization, Eq.(15), without angular correlations between impact parameter and dipole orientation (thin lines), with those obtained from the modified IP-Sat model Eq.(II.3.1), including angular correlations (thick lines). Here, we have set , which induces a non-zero dijet of the order of a few percent. The elliptic correlation has opposite sign for longitudinal () and transverse photons ().

In Fig. 9 we present longitudinal, transverse and total as a function of the dijet momentum with kinematics as in Fig. 8. For all presented , longitudinal and transverse components have opposite sign and the total is dominated by the longitudinal component.

Fig. 10 shows normalized transverse (left), longitudinal (center) and total (right) dijet cross sections as a function of , separately for different values of . Remarkably, a non-zero is observed (most visible in the left panel) whose origin we discuss below. To illustrate this feature, we plot and in Fig. 11 and Fig. 12 for transversely (black) and longitudinally polarized (red) photons with (thick lines) and without (thin lines) correlations between impact parameter and dipole orientation. The non-zero is independent of the angular correlation in Eq.(II.3.1). Its emergence is due to the energy dependence of the dipole amplitude (Eq.(II.2)). To show this, we Taylor-expand the dipole amplitude, close to but away from the asymptotic correlation limit to linear order in ,


The linear term can be computed from Eq.(II.2),


If we insert Eq.(37) into Eq.(IV.1) and use it to compute the dijet cross section, the latter must have a non-zero at , vanishing only in the exact correlation limit. However, because , can be eliminated by symmetric integration, see for example Fig. 8 where . This effect might have practical implications in experiment where finite detector acceptance (in the laboratory frame) might not allow to eliminate 888We note that a different choice of dijet and target recoil transverse momenta, and , discussed in Appendix B, avoids the -dependence Dumitru et al. (2018). These variables cannot be interpreted as Fourier conjugates to impact parameter and dipole orientation and other kinematic effects must be considered..

Fig. 12 shows that a finite only appears for . For longitudinal polarization is negative for all and is maximal at . In contrast, for transverse polarization, is positive for all and maximal in the most asymmetric cases and .

Next we compute the dijet cross section for the case of charm quarks. A simple analysis of Eq.(II.2) and Eq.(II.2) shows that dipoles with size contribute to the dijet cross section for light quarks and small photon virtuality of only a few GeV. While the IP-Sat dipole parameterization reports this limit as , no reliable theoretical description of angular correlations exists in this regime. Here, non-perturbative hadronic effects must be taken into account. From now on we focus on charm dijets, which by means of the large mass scale, allow us to predict cross sections for photon virtuality down to without unconstrained contributions from large distances .

Figure 11: Azimuthal Fourier coefficient for light quark dijets as a function of for the IP-Sat model with (thick lines) and without (thin lines) angular correlation. Here, GeV, GeV, .
Figure 12: Elliptic Fourier coefficient for light quark dijets as a function of for the IP-Sat model with (thick lines) and without (thin lines) angular correlation. Here, GeV, GeV, .

Results for the charm dijet cross section from the modified IP-Sat model are shown in Fig. 13. Here, we plot the dependence of the transverse, longitudinal and total diffractive charm-dijet production cross sections for charm quark mass GeV, photon virtuality GeV, GeV, and . In contrast to the light quark case, longitudinal and transverse charm dijet cross sections are compatible in magnitude. A novel feature is the sharp drop of the longitudinal cross section around GeV. A similar, but less drastic, dip is visible for the transverse cross section.

These minima reflect sensitivity to the size of the projectile and are understood from Fourier transform to momentum space. A simple estimate of the characteristic inverse ’size’ of the photon from its wave function in coordinate space yields  GeV, which roughly coincides with the minima of Fig. 13999The interpretation of these features is thereby analogous to the origin of minima usually observed in the -spectrum of diffractive cross sections. Here, diffractive minima indicate the size of the target, not the projectile. We also note that the light-quark photon wave function is ’larger’ than that for charm quarks where we expect a similar feature below 1 GeV (not shown in Fig. 7). We emphasize that the photon is ’non-perturbatively large’ for light quarks and small virtuality..

Figure 13: -dependence of the diffractive dijet production cross section for charm quarks from the modified IP-Sat model for . Here, GeV, and .
Figure 14: -dependence of the elliptic Fourier coefficient for charm jets (integrated over ), where GeV, .

In Fig. 14, we show the dependence of transverse and longitudinal for charm jets from the modified IP-Sat model with . We keep the kinematics as in the light quark case, GeV, 1 GeV, . A consequence of the minima shown in Fig. 13 is a strong increase of the longitudinal at GeV where it changes sign, with for GeV and for GeV. The transverse component, too, changes sign which we attribute to the relative importance of the two terms in Eq.(II.2). Specifically, in Eq.(II.2) the second, mass dependent term dominates for large . Because this term behaves similarly as the corresponding contribution to the longitudinal cross section, it also results in a negative overall .

In the following section, we compute the dipole amplitude directly from the Color Glass Condensate effective theory where angular correlations are included ab-initio and we will reliably extract the energy dependence of our results.

iv.2 CGC computation

In this section, we compute dijet cross sections from the CGC, as outlined in Section II.3.2. For this quantitative study, we do not show light quark results because of the aforementioned sensitivity to large contributions which are not under good control theoretically.

Figure 15: Transverse (a), longitudinal (b), and total (c) cross sections for charm-dijets from the CGC for GeV, GeV, , .
Figure 16: Elliptic Fourier coefficients for the charm-dijet cross section for transversely (a) and longitudinally (b) polarized photons from the CGC for GeV, GeV. Total is shown in (c). Results are integrated over and over .

We plot transverse, longitudinal and total cross sections in Fig.(15), where GeV, GeV, and . We vary the infrared regulators (see Eq.(21) and Eq.(27)) and the value of a constant coupling , as well as a parameterization with running coupling, Eq.(28). We match the value of the saturation scale according to Eq.(20) with for an IR-regulator GeV, and for GeV, thus ensuring a consistent overall dipole normalization. We further adjust the value of fixed , when we change in the JIMWLK kernel, Eq.(27), to ensure comparable energy evolution speed. We use this specific parameter range, because it has been used to compute proton structure functions and diffractive vector meson cross sections in Mäntysaari and Schenke (2018), and was shown to be consistent with HERA data.

Shown in Fig.(15), the CGC-parameter dependence is very small for charm dijet cross sections, indicating a negligible sensitivity to large distances . For comparison we include the IP-Sat results (gray dashed curve), which differ significantly from the CGC in magnitude, but show similar qualitative features. We attribute the different normalization to the fact that in the CGC the small- regime of the dipole amplitude carries a larger relative weight, compared to IP-Sat, as shown in Fig.(5) of Mäntysaari and Schenke (2018). For charm dijets the relevance of this small- regime is enhanced.

In Fig. (16) we plot the obtained from the CGC computation for transverse, longitudinal, and total cross sections as a function of , integrated over azimuthal angle and . Fig. 16 (a) shows the transverse for all CGC parameter sets discussed above. All parameterization agree qualitatively and the results are robust under variation of JIMWLK evolution parameters (black, blue and green curves). Including running coupling via Eq.(28), versus fixed coupling only minimally effects the JIMWLK evolution. Results with different IR-regulator differ by up to 20 % (red versus black, blue and green curves). Both values GeV and GeV are in agreement with HERA data Mäntysaari and Schenke (2018) and further comparison with data is necessary to reduce this systematic uncertainty.

In Fig. 16 (b) we show results for the longitudinal anisotropy coefficient , where the most prominent feature is the rapid growth of in the region where the longitudinal cross section drops, see Fig. 15 (b). All CGC parameterization give qualitatively and quantitatively similar results, and we attribute the largest uncertainty to the dependence on .

The total , which is a weighted sum of transverse and longitudinal components, is shown in Fig. 16 (c). At small , longitudinal and transverse cross sections have positive and contribute with roughly similar magnitude. In the dip region around GeV total cross section and are dominated by the transverse component, while at large GeV longitudinal and transverse components partially cancel. We note that the maximum in the total emerges entirely from the weighted sum of the longitudinal and transverse components.

In Fig. 17 we study the energy dependence of , by varying the center-of-mass energy , while keeping the dijet kinematics fixed (at GeV, 0.1 GeV, with photon virtuality ). We integrate over and over the azimuthal angle . Shown are results for three different energies GeV. Because our results are integrated over and , we plot them as a function of the average in the respective integration range and (see Eq.(II.2)), where horizontal bars denote the standard deviation of in this range. We compare results from the full CGC computation for , with fixed (black points) to results without JIMWLK evolution (red points), where the dependence is entirely determined from the IP-Sat parameterization of HERA data. In the latter case, only the saturation scale changes with energy, while in the full CGC computation also the transverse size of the proton increases. This growth is accompanied with a relative change in the gradients of the target color density. Consequently, we expect a decrease of with energy, as is in fact the case. Remarkably, the same effect is directly observed in the gluon Wigner and Husimi distributions computed in Section III. We further examine and validate this interpretation by studying variations of the proton size in Appendix C.

Figure 17: Energy dependence of the total for fixed kinematics GeV, GeV, GeV and integrated over and over . We compare full CGC results (black) with results without JIMWLK evolution (red).

Finally, we study the dependence of dijet cross section and on photon virtuality . In Fig. 18 we show longitudinal and transverse cross sections as a function of , where GeV, GeV and GeV, integrated over and azimuthal angles, and . We choose a CGC parameterization with GeV, GeV, and (c.f. black curves in Figs. 15-16). While the longitudinal cross section vanishes at (photo-production), it becomes dominant for GeV. Overall, the total cross section decreases at large . The inset shows the ratio of the longitudinal to the transverse cross section.

In Fig. 19, we show the -dependence of transverse, longitudinal and total with kinematics as in Fig. 18. Individually, both transverse and longitudinal decrease with . This is understood, since small dipoles contribute at large which are less sensitive to correlations in the gluon dipole distribution. An interesting combined effect is the growth of the total below GeV, due to the change of relative weight between longitudinal and transverse cross sections with .

Figure 18: Integrated CGC cross sections for charm-dijets as a function of photon virtuality , at =1 GeV, =0.1 GeV, GeV, integrated over the azimuthal angles of the jets, as well as their longitudinal momentum