Diffractive charmonium spectrum in high energy collisions in the basis light-front quantization approach

Guangyao Chen, Yang Li, Pieter Maris, Kirill Tuchin, James P. Vary

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Using the charmonium light-front wavefunctions obtained by diagonalizing an effective Hamiltonian with the one-gluon exchange interaction and a confining potential inspired by light-front holography in the basis light-front quantization formalism, we compute production of charmonium states in diffractive deep inelastic scattering and ultra-peripheral heavy ion collisions within the dipole picture. Our method allows us to predict yields of all vector charmonium states below the open flavor thresholds in high-energy deep inelastic scattering, proton–nucleus and ultra-peripheral heavy ion collisions, without introducing any new parameters in the light-front wavefunctions. The obtained charmonium cross section is in reasonable agreement with experimental data at HERA, RHIC and LHC. We observe that the cross-section ratio σΨ(2s)J/Ψ reveals significant independence of model parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-484
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
StatePublished - Jun 10 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We wish to thank X. Zhao, P. Wiecki, A. Rezaeian and Y. Xie for valuable discussions and communications. We thank N. Kovalchuk for providing us the experimental data for the ?(2s) measurement. This work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant Nos. DE-FG02-87ER40371 and DESC0008485 (SciDAC-3/NUCLEI). We acknowledge computational resources provided by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), which is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

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  • Dipole model
  • Heavy quarkonium
  • Holographic QCD
  • Light front


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