Observation of charmonium pairs produced exclusively in pp collisions

LHCb Collaboration, R. Aaij, B. Adeva, M. Adinolfi, A. Affolder, Z. Ajaltouni, S. Akar, J. Albrecht, F. Alessio, M. Alexander, S. Ali, G. Alkhazov, P. Alvarez Cartelle, A. A. Alves, S. Amato, S. Amerio, Y. Amhis, L. An, L. Anderlini, J. AndersonR. Andreassen, M. Andreotti, J. E. Andrews, R. B. Appleby, O. Aquines Gutierrez, F. Archilli, A. Artamonov, M. Artuso, E. Aslanides, G. Auriemma, M. Baalouch, S. Bachmann, J. J. Back, A. Badalov, W. Baldini, R. J. Barlow, C. Barschel, S. Barsuk, W. Barter, S. Bifani, N. Farley, P. Griffith, P. Ilten, I. R. Kenyon, C. Lazzeroni, A. Mazurov, J. McCarthy, C. J. Parkinson, L. Pescatore, D. Popov, N. K. Watson

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Abstract

A search is performed for the central exclusive production of pairs of charmonia produced in proton-proton collisions. Using data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3 fb-1 collected at centre-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV, J/ψJ/ψ and J/ψψ (2S) pairs are observed, which have been produced in the absence of any other activity inside the LHCb acceptance that is sensitive to charged particles in the pseudorapidity ranges (-3.5, -1.5) and (1.5, 5.0). Searches are also performed for pairs of P-wave charmonia and limits are set on their production. The cross-sections for these processes, where the dimeson system has a rapidity between 2.0 and 4.5, are measured to be σJ/ψJ/ψ = 58 ± 10(stat) ± 6(syst) pb, σJ/ψψ(2S) = 63-18+27 (stat) ± 10(syst) pb, σψ(2S)ψ(2S) < 237 pb, σχc0χc0 < 69 nb, σχc1χc1 < 45 pb, σχc2χc2 141 pb, where the upper limits are set at the 90% confidence level. The measured J/ψJ/ψ and J/ψψ (2S) cross-sections are consistent with theoretical expectations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115002
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Volume41
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • charmonia
  • diffraction
  • QCD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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