March 30, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Peking University
Asia/Shanghai timezone

Calculation of coherent J/$\psi$ photoproduction in hadronic A+A collisions at RHIC and LHC

Mar 31, 2017, 4:25 PM
Peking University

Peking University

B105, West Building of School of Physics (Next to the Metro Station "PKU East Gate", across the street from the main PKU entrance)
Talk Nucleus-nucleus collisions Nucleus-nucleus collisions


Wangmei Zha (USTC/BNL)


The coherent photon-nucleus interactions has been studied in detail at RHIC and LHC to probe the gluon distribution in nucleus at low Feynman $x$ via relativistic heavy-ion collisions. These kind of interactions are traditionally thought to only exist in ultra-peripheral collisions, where there is no hadronic interactions. Recently, a significant excess of J/$\psi$ yield at very low transverse momentum ($p_T < 0.3$ GeV/c) was observed by the ALICE and STAR collaborations in peripheral A+A collisions, which points to evidence of coherent photoproduction of J/$\psi$ in violent hadronic interactions. The survival of photoproduced J/$\psi$ merits theoretical investigation. In addition, with respect to the expectation of theoretical calculations, the excess yield of $J/\psi$ in hadroinc heavy-ion collisions may served as a good probe to test the cold and hot medium effects.

In this presentation we report on calculations of coherent photon-nucleus ($\gamma + A \rightarrow J/\psi + A$) interactions in hadronic A+A collisions at RHIC and LHC energies. We also address the questions about how the electromagnetic field translates into a flux of equivalent photons in hadronic A+A collisions: if the photons is emitted from the whole nucleus, or if only the spectator fragments contribute to the photon emission. Similarly, it is not clear whether the whole nucleus or only spectator fragment act as photon target. The model used to calculate the cross section will be discussed and the expected yield will be compared with experimental results from RHIC and LHC. The differential centrality, rapidity and transverse momentum distributions from calculations will also be compared between different scenarios.

Primary author

Wangmei Zha (USTC/BNL)

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