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Measurement of exclusive γγ→ℓ+ℓ− production in proton–proton collisions at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector

CollaborationWith : Ancu, Lucian Stefan / Bell, William / Benhar Noccioli, Eleonora / Bilbao De Mendizabal, Javier / Calace, Noemi / Clark, Allan Geoffrey / Delitzsch, Chris Malena / Della Volpe, Domenico / Ferrere, Didier / Gadomski, Szymon / Golling, Tobias / Gonzalez Sevilla, Sergio / Gramling, Johanna Léna / Guescini, Francesco / Iacobucci, Giuseppe / Katre, Akshay / Mermod, Philippe / Miucci, Antonio / Muenstermann, Daniel / Paolozzi, Lorenzo / Picazio, Attilio / Ristic, Branislav / Schramm, Steven / Tykhonov, Andrii / Vallecorsa, Sofia / Wu, Xin
Published in Physics Letters. B. 2015, vol. 749, p. 242-261
Collection Open Access - SCOAP3
Abstract This Letter reports a measurement of the exclusive γγ→ℓ+ℓ− ( ℓ=e, μ ) cross-section in proton–proton collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 7 TeV by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, based on an integrated luminosity of 4.6 fb−1 . For the electron or muon pairs satisfying exclusive selection criteria, a fit to the dilepton acoplanarity distribution is used to extract the fiducial cross-sections. The cross-section in the electron channel is determined to be σγγ→e+e−excl.=0.428 ± 0.035 (stat.) ± 0.018 (syst.) pb for a phase–space region with invariant mass of the electron pairs greater than 24 GeV , in which both electrons have transverse momentum pT>12 GeV and pseudorapidity |η|<2.4 . For muon pairs with invariant mass greater than 20 GeV , muon transverse momentum pT>10 GeV and pseudorapidity |η|<2.4 , the cross-section is determined to be σγγ→μ+μ−excl.=0.628 ± 0.032 (stat.) ± 0.021 (syst.) pb . When proton absorptive effects due to the finite size of the proton are taken into account in the theory calculation, the measured cross-sections are found to be consistent with the theory prediction.
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ATLAS COLLABORATION. Measurement of exclusive γγ→ℓ+ℓ− production in proton–proton collisions at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector. In: Physics Letters. B, 2015, vol. 749, p. 242-261. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:74994

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