Probing the dynamics of the charmonium interactions in the coherent photoproduction off nuclei at moderate energies

L. Frankfurt, L. Gerland, Mark Strikman, M. Zhalov

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We calculate the coherent charmonium photoproduction in the photon energy domain where the coherence and formation lengths exceed the average internucleon distance in nuclei but are comparable to the nuclear radii. In this kinematical regime we use the generalized vector dominance model (GVDM) adjusted to account for the physics of bound charmonium states and for the color screening phenomenon. We find significant oscillations in the energy dependence of the total and forward photoproduction cross sections due to the oscillating behavior of the longitudinal nuclear form factor. Within the GVDM these oscillations are strongly modified by the nondiagonal rescatterings of the charmonium. We demonstrate how to employ the oscillating behavior of the photoproduction cross sections off nuclear targets to determine the elementary charmonium photoproduction amplitudes and the genuine charmonium-nucleon cross sections in the forthcoming SLAC E160 experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044602
Pages (from-to)446021-446028
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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