Coherent ψ(2S) photo-production in ultra-peripheral Pb–Pb collisions at √sNN=2.76 TeV

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Abstract

We have performed the first measurement of the coherent ψ(2S) photo-production cross section in ultra-peripheral Pb–Pb collisions at the LHC. This charmonium excited state is reconstructed via the ψ(2S)→l+l and ψ(2S)→J/ψπ+π decays, where the J/ψ decays into two leptons. The analysis is based on an event sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of about 22 μb−1. The cross section for coherent ψ(2S) production in the rapidity interval −0.9<y<0.9 is dσψ(2S) coh/dy=0.83±0.19(stat+syst) mb. The ψ(2S) to J/ψ coherent cross section ratio is 0.34−0.07 +0.08(stat+syst). The obtained results are compared to predictions from theoretical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-370
Number of pages13
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume751
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 17 2015

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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