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The γγJ/ψJ/ψ reaction and the J/ψJ/ψ pair production in exclusive ultraperipheral ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions

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We calculate the cross section for the γγJ/ψJ/ψ process. Two mechanisms are considered: box (two-loop) diagrams of the order of \(O(\alpha_{\mathrm{em}}^{2} \alpha_{s}^{2})\) and two-gluon exchange of the order of \(O(\alpha_{\mathrm{em}}^{2} \alpha_{s}^{4})\). The first mechanism is calculated in the heavy-quark non-relativistic approximation while in the second case we also include the effects of quantum motion of quarks in the bound state. The box contribution dominates at energies close to the threshold (W< 15 GeV) while the two-gluon mechanism takes over at W> 15 GeV. Including the bound-state wave function effects for the two-gluon exchange mechanism gives a cross section 0.1–0.4 pb, substantially smaller than that in the non-relativistic limit (0.4–1.6 pb). We also find a strong infrared sensitivity which manifests itself in a rather strong dependence on the mass for the t-channel gluons. The elementary cross section is then used in the Equivalent Photon Approximation (EPA) in the impact parameter space to calculate the cross section for 208Pb+208Pb→208Pb+J/ψJ/ψ+208Pb reaction. Distributions in rapidity of the J/ψJ/ψ pair and invariant mass of the pair are shown. It is shown that in heavy ion collisions the box mechanism significantly dominates over the two-gluon exchange mechanism.

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We are indebted to Christoph Mayer for a discussion of the ALICE measurement of the J/ψ meson. This paper was partially supported by the Polish Grants DEC-2011/01/B/ST2/04535 and N N202 236 640.

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Baranov, S., Cisek, A., Kłusek-Gawenda, M. et al. The γγJ/ψJ/ψ reaction and the J/ψJ/ψ pair production in exclusive ultraperipheral ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions. Eur. Phys. J. C 73, 2335 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1140/epjc/s10052-013-2335-8

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Keywords

  • 208Pb
  • Impact Factor
  • Invariant Mass
  • Pair Production
  • Vector Meson