Accessing transverse nucleon and gluon distributions in heavy nuclei using coherent vector meson photoproduction at high energies in ion ultraperipheral collisions

V. Guzey, M. Strikman, M. Zhalov

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Abstract

By using the theoretical approaches that describe well the available data on t-integrated coherent photoproduction of light and heavy vector mesons in Pb-Pb ultraperipheral collisions (UPCs) at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Run 1, we calculate the momentum transfer distributions for this process for ρ and J/ψ vector mesons in the kinematics of Run 2 at the LHC. We demonstrate that nuclear shadowing not only suppresses the absolute value of the cross sections but also shifts the momentum transfer distributions toward smaller values of the momentum transfer |t|. This result can be interpreted as a broadening in the impact parameter space of the effective nucleon density in nuclei by 14% in the case of ρ and the nuclear gluon distribution by 5%-11% in the case of J/ψ.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025204
JournalPhysical Review C
Volume95
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 13 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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