# Central exclusive production of J/ψ and ψ(2S) mesons in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV

Peter Clarke, Greig Cowan, Stephan Eisenhardt, Silvia Gambetta, Franz Muheim, Matthew Needham, Stephen Playfer, LHCb Collaboration, Marco Pappagallo

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## Abstract

Measurements are reported of the central exclusive production of \jpsi and \psitwos mesons in $pp$ collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. Backgrounds are significantly reduced compared to previous measurements made at lower energies through the use of new forward shower counters. The products of the cross-sections and the branching fractions for the decays to dimuons, where both muons are within the pseudorapidity range $2.0<\eta<4.5$, are measured to be $$\begin{array}{rcl} \sigma_{J/\psi\rightarrow\mu^+\mu^-}&=&399 \pm 16 \pm 10 \pm 16 {\rm \ pb},\\ \sigma_{\psi(2S)\rightarrow\mu^+\mu^-}&=&10.2 \pm 1.0 \pm 0.3 \pm 0.4 {\rm \ pb}.\\ \end{array}$$ The first uncertainties are statistical, the second are systematic, and the third are due to the luminosity determination. The cross-sections are also measured differentially for meson rapidities between 2.0 and 4.5. Good agreement is observed with theoretical predictions. Photoproduction cross-sections are derived and compared to previous experiments, and a deviation from a pure power-law extrapolation of lower energy data is observed.
Original language English 167 Journal of High Energy Physics 1810 26 Oct 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP10(2018)167 E-pub ahead of print - 26 Oct 2018

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