Probing initial- and final-state effects with $\mu^{+}\mu^{-}$ pairs produced from $\gamma\gamma$ scattering in PbPb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\rm NN}}$ = 5.02 TeV with the CMS detector

Jun 2, 2020, 11:20 AM

Oral Presentation Electroweak Probes Parallel


Shuai Yang (Rice University)


The CMS Collaboration reports on new differential measurements of $\gamma\gamma \rightarrow \mu^{+}\mu^{-}$ production in PbPb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\rm NN}}$ = 5.02~TeV, using data collected during the 2018 LHC run with an integrated luminosity of 1.6~nb$^{-1}$. Photon-photon interactions have been observed in hadronic heavy-ion collisions by STAR and ALTAS experiments at very low transverse momentum ($p_T$) regions and the measured $p_T$ and azimuthal angular correlations of lepton pairs via $\gamma\gamma$ scattering in hadronic events exhibit significant broadening compared to that from vacuum production in ultra-peripheral events. There is still no consensus on the origin of the observed broadening, which is mainly from $p_T$ hardening of initial scattered photons as impact parameter decreases toward central hadronic collisions or final-state electromagnetic modifications of lepton pairs in presence of a QGP medium. In this talk, the azimuthal angular correlations and mass spectra of $\mu^{+}\mu^{-}$ pairs via $\gamma\gamma$ scattering will be presented as a function of centrality and rapidity. The centrality dependence of $\gamma\gamma \rightarrow \mu^{+}\mu^{-}$ production provides key insight to the origin of observed broadening for photon-photon produced lepton pairs in hadronic collisions while rapidity dependence constrains the relative contributions from leading order and high order photon-photon interactions to measured $\mu^+\mu^-$ pairs.

Track Electroweak Probes
Collaboration (if applicable) CMS
Contribution type Contributed Talk

Primary author

Serguei Petrushanko (M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (RU))

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