## Probes of initial-state interactions in dilepton angular distributions

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We discuss the angular distribution of dileptons d sigma/d/sup 4/Qd OMEGA, emphasizing phase sensitivity as a probe of initial-state interactions in QCD. The coherent nature of Sudakov effects is discussed, along with the presence of imaginary parts related by analyticity. Angular-distribution structure functions which describe interference between longitudinal and transverse virtual photons, e.g., can be used to probe phase differences that depend on large momenta. These evolve according to exp(ic ln ln(Q/sup 2//lambda/sub QCD/sup 2/)) where Q/sup 2/ is a large scale. We report on a complete calculation at O(..cap alpha../sub s//sup 2/) of the q anti q ..-->.. ..gamma..* + gluons channel which confirms the cancellation of small (cutoff) scales, and describe a complementary experiment involving spin. We discuss the limit x ..-->.. 1 of the distribution d sigma/dQ/sup 2/dxdcos theta, and point out an unusual and interesting effect that a momentum-dependent phase can produce here.

Date:
January 1, 1982

Creator:
Ralston, J.P. & Pire, B.

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