May 13 – 19, 2018
Venice, Italy
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Measurements of $\gamma\gamma\rightarrow \mu^{+}\mu^{-}$ with the ATLAS detector at the LHC

May 15, 2018, 5:00 PM
2h 40m
First floor and third floor (Palazzo del Casinò)

First floor and third floor

Palazzo del Casinò

Poster Electromagnetic and weak probes Poster Session


Aaron Angerami (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)


In heavy ion collisions, the intense electromagentic fields result in a high rate of photon-photon collisions. The cross section for the process $\gamma\gamma\rightarrow \mu^{+}\mu^{-}$ involves the equivalent photon fluxes from the nuclei and elementary cross sections calculated in QED. These fluxes also arise in the calculation of exclusive vector meson production and ultra-peripheral jet photo-production, which may be used to constrain nuclear parton distributions. Thus measurements of $\gamma\gamma\rightarrow \mu^{+}\mu^{-}$ provide an important tool to calibrate the photon fluxes. This talk presents such measurements performed with the ATLAS detector. This includes new results correlating the dimuon system with neutron multiplicity measured with Zero Degree Calorimeters. A careful analysis of the acoplanarity distributions is also presented that includes the effects of final-state QED radiation and contributions from dissociative and background processes. The new results are sufficiently-precise to constrain and tune theoretical models.

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Collaboration ATLAS

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Barbara Krystyna Wosiek (Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (PL))

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