Feb 5 – 11, 2017
Hyatt Regency Chicago
America/Chicago timezone

Electromagnetic processes in ultra peripheral Pb+Pb collisions with ATLAS

Feb 7, 2017, 9:30 AM
Regency A

Regency A

Oral Initial State Physics and Approach to Equilibrium Parallel Session 1.1: Initial State Physics and Approach to Equilibrium (I)


Mateusz Dyndal (DESY)


The large equivalent-photon fluxes accompanying Pb ion beams at the LHC initiate photon-photon and photo-nuclear interactions which dominate when the colliding nuclei have large impact parameter (ultra-peripheral collisions). These electromagnetically-induced processes are sensitive to the nuclear wave-function and in particular the nuclear modifications of the nucleon parton distribution functions (nPDFs). As such, they are complementary to the ongoing p+A program at RHIC and the LHC, as well as the upcoming electron-ion collider (EIC) program in the US. The absolute rates of single and multiple neutron emission into one or both zero-degree calorimeters (ZDCs) will be presented, to test theoretical predictions for the photon fluxes as well as the photonuclear absorption. High-mass dilepton pair continuum rates have been measured and compared with theoretical predictions to test expectations for two-photon interactions, and good agreement with model calculations is obtained. Finally, evidence for the elastic scattering of photons γγ→γγ (“light-by-light” scattering) will be presented, a previously unobserved process made possible by the high photon flux and low event pileup provided by the LHC. While of intrinsic interest as a heretofore-unobserved standard model process, it has also been proposed as a clean channel for searches for beyond the standard model (BSM) physics.

Collaboration ATLAS
Preferred Track Initial State Physics and Approach to Equilibrium

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