Signals for black body limit in coherent ultraperipheral heavy ion collisions

L. Frankfurt, M. Strikman, M. Zhalov

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We argue that study of total cross section of photoabsorption and coherent photoproduction of ρ, ρ′-mesons in ultraperipheral heavy ion collisions (UPC) is effective method to probe onset of black body limit (BBL) in the soft and hard QCD interactions. We illustrate the expected features of the onset of BBL using generalized vector dominance model. We show that this model describes very well ρ-meson coherent photoproduction at 6 ≤ Eγ ≤ 10 GeV. In the case of ρ-meson production we find a UPC cross section which is a factor ∼ 1.5 larger than the one found by Klein and Nystrand. The advantages of the process of coherent dijet production to probe onset of BBL in hard scattering regime where decomposition over the twists becomes inapplicable are explained and relative importance of the γ + pomeron and γ + γ mechanisms is estimated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-61
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 13 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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