DIFFRACTION 2002, Interpretation of the New Diffractive Phenomena in Quantum Chromodynamics and in the S-Matrix Theory
NATO Science series, vol. 101
31 Aug - 6 Sep 2002
[en] Elastic scattering ; Total cross sections
[en] We present predictions on the total cross sections and on the ratio of the real part to the imaginary part of the elastic amplitude (rho parameter) for present and future pp and pbar p colliders, and on total cross sections for gamma p -> hadrons at cosmic-ray energies and for gamma gamma -> hadrons up to sqrt(s)=1 TeV. These predictions are based on a study of many possible analytic parametrisations and invoke the current hadronic dataset at t=0. The uncertainties on total cross sections, including the systematic theoretical errors, reach 1% at RHIC, 3% at the Tevatron, and 10% at the LHC, whereas those on the rho parameter are respectively 10%, 17%, and 26%.