Multiple exchanges in lepton pair production in high-energy heavy ion collisions

  • E. Bartoš
  • S. R. Gevorkyan
  • E. A. Kuraev
  • N. N. Nikolaev
Nuclei, Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Astrophysics


As an archetype reaction for pQCD multigluon hard processes in collisions of ultrarelativistic nuclei, we analyze generic features of lepton pair production via multiphoton processes in peripheral heavy ion scattering. We report explicit results for collisions of two photons from one nucleus with two photons from the other nucleus, 2γ + 2γ → l+l. The results suggest that the familiar eikonalization of Coulomb distortions breaks down for oppositely moving Coulomb centers. The breaking of eikonalization in QED suggests that multigluon pQCD processes cannot be described in terms of collective nuclear gluon distributions. We discuss a logarithmic enhancement of the contribution from the 2γ + 2γ → l+l process to production of lepton pairs with large transverse momentum; similar enhancement is absent for the nγ + mγ → l+l processes with m, n > 2. We comment on the general structure of multiphoton collisions and properties of higher-order terms that cannot be eikonalized.


Transverse Momentum Pair Production Gluon Distribution Lepton Pair Multiple Exchange 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Bartoš
    • 1
    • 3
  • S. R. Gevorkyan
    • 1
    • 4
  • E. A. Kuraev
    • 1
  • N. N. Nikolaev
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Joint Institute for Nuclear ResearchDubnaRussia
  2. 2.Landau Institute for Theoretical PhysicsChernogolovka, Moscow oblastRussia
  3. 3.Department of Theoretical PhysicsComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  4. 4.Yerevan Physics InstituteYerevanArmenia
  5. 5.Institut für KernphysikForschungszentrum JülichJülichGermany

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