Coherent $\psi$(2S) photo-production in ultra-peripheral Pb-Pb collisions at the LHC

20 May 2014, 16:30
spectrum (darmstadtium)



Board: G-07
Poster Electromagnetic Probes Poster session


Michal Broz (Czech Technical University (CZ))


Vector mesons are copiously produced in ultra-peripheral nucleus-nucleus collisions In these collisions, the nuclei are separated by an impact parameter larger than the sum of the nuclear radii. The interaction proceeds through the emission of a photon, generated by the electromagnetic field of one of the two nuclei, fluctuating into a quark-antiquark pair,that interacts with the target nucleus. The cross section for this process is sensitive to the gluon distribution in the nucleus and can therefore probe the nuclear gluon shadowing. The ALICE Collaboration has performed the first measurement of the coherent $\psi$(2S) photoproduction cross section in Pb-Pb collisions at the LHC. This charmonium excited state is tagged via the $\psi(2S) \rightarrow l^{+} l^{-}$ and $\psi(2S) \rightarrow J/\psi\pi^{+}\pi^{-}$ decays, where the $J/\psi$ decays into two leptons. The measured cross section and its ratio to the $J/\psi$ cross section are compared to predictions from theoretical models.
On behalf of collaboration: ALICE

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Michal Broz (Czech Technical University (CZ))

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