NLO JIMWLK evolution with massive quarks

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NLO evolution of the Jalilian-Marian-Iancu-McLerran-Weigert-Leonidov-Kovner (JIMWLK) equation with massless quarks was derived a few years ago. We make a step further to compute the evolution kernels focusing on the effects due to finite quark masses. To this goal, the light-cone wave function of a fast moving dilute hadronic projectile is computed up to O(g3) in QCD coupling constant. Compared with the massless case, a new IR divergence emerges, which is eventually canceled by a mass dependent counter term. Our results extend the theoretical tools used in physics of gluon saturation and aim at improving precision in future phenomenological applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number93
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2022


  • Deep Inelastic Scattering or Small-X Physics
  • Quark-Gluon Plasma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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