Erraticity of rapidity gaps

Rudolph C. Hwa, Qing Hui Zhang

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The use of rapidity gaps is proposed as a measure of the spatial pattern of an event. When the event multiplicity is low, the gaps between neighboring particles carry far more information about an event than multiplicity spikes, which may occur very rarely. Two moments of the gap distribution are suggested for characterizing an event. The fluctuations of those moments from event to event are then quantified by an entropy-like measure, which serves to describe erraticity. We use ECOMB to simulate the exclusive rapidity distribution of each event, from which the erraticity measures are calculated. The dependences of those measures on the order q of the moments provide single-parameter characterizations of erraticity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number014003
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Hwa, R. C., & Zhang, Q. H. (2000). Erraticity of rapidity gaps. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 62(1), 1-6. [014003].