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Title: Photoproduction at RHIC and the LHC

Abstract

The strong electromagnetic fields carried by relativistic highly charged ions make heavy-ion colliders attractive places to study photonuclear interactions and two-photon interactions. At RHIC, three experiments have studied coherent photoproduction of {rho}{sup 0}, 4{pi}, J/{psi}, e{sup +}e{sup -} pairs, and e{sup +}e{sup -} pairs where the electron is bound to one of the incident nuclei. These results show that photoproduction studies are possible, and demonstrate some of the unique possibilities due to the symmetric final states and the ion targets. The LHC will reach photon-nucleon energies many times higher than at HERA; these collisions can be used to measure the gluon distributions in nuclei at very low Bjorken-x, where shadowing and gluon saturation may become important; LHC {gamma}{gamma} collisions may also be attractive places to search for some types of new physics. ATLAS, CMS and ALICE are all planning to study photoproduction. After introducing the principles of photoproduction at hadron colliders, I will review recent results from RHIC on meson and e{sup +}e{sup -} production, and then discuss prospects for studies at the LHC.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
Nuclear Science Division
OSTI Identifier:
962941
Report Number(s):
LBNL-2086E
Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007; PRLTAO; TRN: US0902977
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letter
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Physical Review Letter; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79; ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS; ELECTRONS; GLUONS; HADRONS; MESONS; NUCLEI; PHOTOPRODUCTION; PHYSICS; PLANNING; PRODUCTION; SATURATION; TARGETS

Citation Formats

Klein, Spencer. Photoproduction at RHIC and the LHC. United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
Klein, Spencer. Photoproduction at RHIC and the LHC. United States.
Klein, Spencer. Mon . "Photoproduction at RHIC and the LHC". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/962941.
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