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Measurement of differential cross sections for single diffractive dissociation in √s = 8 TeV pp collisions using the ATLAS ALFA spectrometer

  • Author(s): Aad, G;
  • Abbott, B;
  • Abbott, DC;
  • Abdinov, O;
  • Abed Abud, A;
  • Abeling, K;
  • Abhayasinghe, DK;
  • Abidi, SH;
  • AbouZeid, OS;
  • Abraham, NL;
  • Abramowicz, H;
  • Abreu, H;
  • Abulaiti, Y;
  • Acharya, BS;
  • Achkar, B;
  • Adachi, S;
  • Adam, L;
  • Adam Bourdarios, C;
  • Adamczyk, L;
  • Adamek, L;
  • Adelman, J;
  • Adersberger, M;
  • Adiguzel, A;
  • Adorni, S;
  • Adye, T;
  • Affolder, AA;
  • Afik, Y;
  • Agapopoulou, C;
  • Agaras, MN;
  • Aggarwal, A;
  • Agheorghiesei, C;
  • Aguilar-Saavedra, JA;
  • Ahmadov, F;
  • Ahmed, WS;
  • Ai, X;
  • Aielli, G;
  • Akatsuka, S;
  • Åkesson, TPA;
  • Akilli, E;
  • Akimov, AV;
  • Al Khoury, K;
  • Alberghi, GL;
  • Albert, J;
  • Alconada Verzini, MJ;
  • Alderweireldt, S;
  • Aleksa, M;
  • Aleksandrov, IN;
  • Alexa, C;
  • Alexandre, D;
  • Alexopoulos, T;
  • Alfonsi, A;
  • Alhroob, M;
  • Ali, B;
  • Alimonti, G;
  • Alison, J;
  • Alkire, SP;
  • Allaire, C;
  • Allbrooke, BMM;
  • Allen, BW;
  • Allport, PP;
  • Aloisio, A;
  • Alonso, A;
  • Alonso, F;
  • Alpigiani, C;
  • Alshehri, AA;
  • Alvarez Estevez, M;
  • Álvarez Piqueras, D;
  • Alviggi, MG;
  • Amaral Coutinho, Y;
  • Ambler, A;
  • Ambroz, L;
  • Amelung, C;
  • Amidei, D;
  • Amor Dos Santos, SP;
  • Amoroso, S;
  • Amrouche, CS;
  • An, F;
  • Anastopoulos, C;
  • Andari, N;
  • Andeen, T;
  • Anders, CF;
  • Anders, JK;
  • Andreazza, A;
  • Andrei, V;
  • Anelli, CR;
  • Angelidakis, S;
  • Angerami, A;
  • Anisenkov, AV;
  • Annovi, A;
  • Antel, C;
  • Anthony, MT;
  • Antonelli, M;
  • Antrim, DJA;
  • Anulli, F;
  • Aoki, M;
  • Aparisi Pozo, JA;
  • Aperio Bella, L;
  • Arabidze, G;
  • Araque, JP;
  • Araujo Ferraz, V
  • et al.
Abstract

A dedicated sample of Large Hadron Collider proton-proton collision data at centre-of-mass energy s = 8 TeV is used to study inclusive single diffractive dissociation, pp → X p. The intact final-state proton is reconstructed in the ATLAS ALFA forward spectrometer, while charged particles from the dissociated system X are measured in the central detector components. The fiducial range of the measurement is −4.0 < log10ξ < −1.6 and 0.016 < |t| < 0.43 GeV2, where ξ is the proton fractional energy loss and t is the squared four-momentum transfer. The total cross section integrated across the fiducial range is 1.59 ± 0.13 mb. Cross sections are also measured differentially as functions of ξ, t, and ∆η, a variable that characterises the rapidity gap separating the proton and the system X. The data are consistent with an exponential t dependence, dσ/dt ∝ eBt with slope parameter B = 7.65 ± 0.34 GeV−2. Interpreted in the framework of triple Regge phenomenology, the ξ dependence leads to a pomeron intercept of α(0) = 1.07 ± 0.09. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

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