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Title: Coherent J / ψ photoproduction in hadronic heavy-ion collisions

Significant excesses of J/ yield at very low transverse momentum (p T < 0:3 GeV/c) were observed by the ALICE and STAR collaborations in peripheral hadronic A+A collisions. This is a Sign of coherent photoproduction of J/ψ in violent hadronic interactions. Theoretically, the photoproduction of J= in hadronic collisions raises questions about how spectator and non-spectator nucleons participate in the coherent reaction. We argue that the strong interactions in the overlapping region of incoming nuclei may disturb the coherent production, leaving room for different coupling assumptions. The destructive interference between photoproduction on ions moving in opposite directions also needs to be included. This letter presents calculations of J/ψ production from coherent photon-nucleus (γ+A → J/ψ +A) interactions in hadronic A+A collisions at RHIC and LHC energies with both nucleus and spectator coupling hypotheses. The integrated yield of coherent J/ψ as a function of centrality is found to be significantly different, especially towards central collisions, for different coupling scenarios. Differential distributions as a function of transverse momentum, azimuthal angle and rapidity in different centrality bins are also shown, and found to be more sensitive to the Pomeron coupling than to the photon coupling. Lastly, these predictions call for future experimental measurementsmore » to help better understand the coherent interaction in hadronic heavy-ion collisions.« less
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  1. Univ. of Science and Technology of China, Hefei (China). Dept. of Modern Physics
  2. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  4. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Shandong Univ., Jinan (China). Key Lab. of Particle Physics and Particle Irradiation (MOE)
  5. Shandong Univ., Jinan (China). Key Lab. of Particle Physics and Particle Irradiation (MOE)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9985; PRVCAN
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; AC-76SF00098
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 97; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9985
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
Country of Publication:
United States
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1433753