First measurement of coherent rho0 photoproduction in ultra-peripheral Xe-Xe collisions at sNN=5.44 TeV

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The first measurement of the coherent photoproduction of vector mesons in ultra-peripheral Xe–Xe collisions at TeV is presented. This result, together with previous HERA γp data and γ–Pb measurements from ALICE, describes the atomic number (A) dependence of this process, which is particularly sensitive to nuclear shadowing effects and to the approach to the black-disc limit of QCD at a semi-hard scale. The cross section of the process, measured at midrapidity through the decay channel , is found to be mb. The ratio of the continuum to resonant contributions for the production of pion pairs is also measured. In addition, the fraction of events accompanied by electromagnetic dissociation of either one or both colliding nuclei is reported. The dependence on A of cross section for the coherent photoproduction at a centre-of-mass energy per nucleon of the γA system of GeV is found to be consistent with a power-law behaviour with a slope . This slope signals important shadowing effects, but it is still far from the behaviour expected in the black-disc limit.
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PublicaciónPhysics Letters B
EstadoPublicada - 10 set. 2021
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