Measurement of an Excess in the Yield of J/psi at Very Low p(T) in Pb-Pb Collisions at root s(NN)=2.76 TeV

Adam J., Adamova D., Aggarwal M. M., Rinella G. A., Agnello M., Agrawal N., ...More

PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, vol.116, no.22, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 116 Issue: 22
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevlett.116.222301
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: No


We report on the first measurement of an excess in the yield of J/psi at very low transverse momentum (pT < 0.3 GeV/c) in peripheral hadronic Pb-Pb collisions at root s(NN) = 2.76 TeV, performed by ALICE at the CERN LHC. Remarkably, the measured nuclear modification factor of J/psi in the rapidity range 2.5 < y < 4 reaches about 7 (2) in the p(T) range 0-0.3 GeV/c in the 70%-90% (50%-70%) centrality class. The J/psi production cross section associated with the observed excess is obtained under the hypothesis that coherent photoproduction of J/psi is the underlying physics mechanism. If confirmed, the observation of J/psi coherent photoproduction in Pb-Pb collisions at impact parameters smaller than twice the nuclear radius opens new theoretical and experimental challenges and opportunities. In particular, coherent photoproduction accompanying hadronic collisions may provide insight into the dynamics of photoproduction and nuclear reactions, as well as become a novel probe of the quark-gluon plasma.