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On the role of energy conservation in high-energy nuclear scattering

Abstract : We argue that the most commonly used models for nuclear scattering at ultra-relativistic energies do not treat energy conservation in a consistent fashion. Demanding theoretical consistency as a minimal requirement for a realistic model, we provide a solution for the above-mentioned problem, the so-called 'parton-based Gribov-Regge theory'. In order to keep a clean picture, we do not consider secondary interactions. We provide a very transparent extrapolation of the physics of more elementary interactions towards nucleus-nucleus scattering, without considering any nuclear effects due to final state interactions. In this sense we consider our model a realistic and consistent approach to describe the initial stage of nuclear collisions.
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H.J. Drescher, M. Hladik, S. Ostapchenko, T. Pierog, Klaus Werner. On the role of energy conservation in high-energy nuclear scattering. New Journal of Physics, Institute of Physics: Open Access Journals, 2000, 2, pp.31. ⟨10.1088/1367-2630/2/1/331⟩. ⟨in2p3-00021456⟩

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