A QCD-based treatment of projectile size fluctuations is used to compute inelastic diffractive cross sections σdiff for coherent hadron-nuclear processes. We find that fluctuations near the average size give the major contribution to the cross section with < few % contribution from small size configurations. The computed values of σdiff are consistent with the limited available data. The importance of coherent diffraction studies for a wide range of projectiles for high energy Fermilab fixed target experiments is emphasized. The implications of these significant color fluctuations for relativistic heavy ion collisions are discussed.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)