Carnegie Mellon Univ, Dept Phys, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA
; Acad Sinica, Inst High Energy Phys, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China
It has long been believed that the Pomeron, which has been successful in phenomenological fits to high energy scattering data, is associated with gluonic exchange. By determining the Regge-nucleon vertex in terms of previously determined glueball-quark coupling we show that the Pomeron might be related to the Regge trajectory defined by a light scalar glueball/sigma system and a tensor glueball, which involves complicated nonperturbative QCD. We predict a tensor glueball at 2.8 GeV. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.