Study of exclusive photoproduction of charmonium in ultra-peripheral lead-lead collisions

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The cross-sections of exclusive (coherent) photoproduction J/ψ and ψ(2S) mesons in ultra-peripheral PbPb collisions at a nucleon-nucleon centre-of-mass energy of 5.02 TeV are measured using a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 228 ± 10 μb−1, collected by the LHCb experiment in 2018. The differential cross-sections are measured separately as a function of transverse momentum and rapidity in the nucleus-nucleus centre-of-mass frame for J/ψ and ψ(2S) mesons. The integrated cross-sections are measured to be σJ/ψcoh = 5.965 ± 0.059 ± 0.232 ± 0.262 mb and σψ(2S)coh = 0.923 ± 0.086 ± 0.028 ± 0.040 mb, where the first listed uncertainty is statistical, the second systematic and the third due to the luminosity determination. The cross-section ratio is measured to be σψ(2S)coh/σJ/ψcoh = 0.155 ± 0.014 ± 0.003, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. These results are compatible with theoretical predictions. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number146
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2023


  • Heavy Ion Experiments
  • Heavy-Ion Collision
  • Photon Production
  • Quarkonium


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