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Exclusive diphoton production of dimuon pairs in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV

S. Chatrchyan D. Sillou 1 M. Besancon 2 S. Choudhury 2 M. Dejardin 2 D. Denegri 2 B. Fabbro 2 J.L. Faure 2 F. Ferri 2 S. Ganjour 2 A. Givernaud 2 P. Gras 2 G. Hamel de Monchenault 2 P. Jarry 2 E. Locci 2 J. Malcles 2 M. Marionneau 2 L. Millischer 2 J. Rander 2 A. Rosowsky 2 I. Shreyber 2 M. Titov 2 S. Baffioni 3 F. Beaudette 3 L. Benhabib 3 L. Bianchini 3 M. Bluj 3 C. Broutin 3 Pierre Busson 3 C. Charlot 3 T. Dahms 3 L. Dobrzynski 3 S. Elgammal 3 R. Granier de Cassagnac 3 M. Haguenauer 3 P. Mine 3 C. Mironov 3 C. Ochando 3 P. Paganini 3 D. Sabes 3 R. Salerno 3 Y. Sirois 3 C. Thiebaux 3 C. Veelken 3 A. Zabi 3 J.-L. Agram 4 J. Andrea 4 D. Bloch 4 D. Bodin 4 J.-M. Brom 4 M. Cardaci 4 E.C. Chabert 4 C. Collard 4 E. Conte 4 F. Drouhin 4 C. Ferro 4 J.-C. Fontaine 4 D. Gele 4 U. Goerlach 4 S. Greder 4 P. Juillot 4 M. Karim 4 A.-C. Le Bihan 4 P. van Hove 4 F. Fassi 5 D. Mercier 5 C. Baty 6 S. Beauceron 6 N. Beaupere 6 M. Bedjidian 6 O. Bondu 6 G. Boudoul 6 D. Boumediene 6 H. Brun 6 J. Chasserat 6 R. Chierici 6 D. Contardo 6 P. Depasse 6 H. El Mamouni 6 A. Falkiewicz 6 J. Fay 6 S. Gascon 6 B. Ille 6 T. Kurca 7 T. Le Grand 6 M. Lethuillier 6 L. Mirabito 6 S. Perries 6 V. Sordini 6 S. Tosi 6 Y. Tschudi 6 P. Verdier 6 S. Viret 6
Abstract : A measurement of the exclusive two-photon production of muon pairs in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s)= 7 TeV, pp to p mu^+ mu^- p, is reported using data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 40 inverse picobarns. For muon pairs with invariant mass greater than 11.5 GeV, transverse momentum pT(mu) > 4 GeV and pseudorapidity |eta(mu)| < 2.1, a fit to the dimuon pt(mu^+ mu^-) distribution results in a measured cross section of sigma(pp to p mu^+ mu^- p) = 3.38 [+0.58 -0.55] (stat.) +/- 0.16 (syst.) +/- 0.14 (lumi.) pb, consistent with the theoretical prediction evaluated with the event generator Lpair. The ratio to the predicted cross section is 0.83 [+0.14-0.13] (stat.) +/- 0.04 (syst.) +/- 0.03 (lumi.). The characteristic distributions of the muon pairs produced via photon-photon fusion, such as the muon acoplanarity, the muon pair invariant mass and transverse momentum agree with those from the theory.
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S. Chatrchyan, D. Sillou, M. Besancon, S. Choudhury, M. Dejardin, et al.. Exclusive diphoton production of dimuon pairs in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV. Journal of High Energy Physics, Springer, 2012, 01, pp.052. ⟨10.1007/JHEP01(2012)052⟩. ⟨in2p3-00644285⟩

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