Brazilian Journal of Physics
Print version ISSN 0103-9733
DURAES, F.O.; NAVARRA, F.S. and WILK, G.. The Interacting Gluon Model: a review. Braz. J. Phys. [online]. 2005, vol.35, n.1, pp. 3-23. ISSN 0103-9733. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-97332005000100002.
The Interacting Gluon Model (IGM) is a tool designed to study energy flow, especially stopping and leading particle spectra, in high energy hadronic collisions. In this model, valence quarks fly through and the gluon clouds of the hadrons interact strongly both in the soft and in the semihard regime. Developing this picture we arrive at a simple description of energy loss, given in terms of few parameters, which accounts for a wide variety of experimental data. This text is a survey of our main results and predictions.