Measurement of the Inelastic Proton-Proton Cross Section at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC

Mullier, Geoffrey; Haug, Sigve; Weber, Michael; Meloni, Federico; Cervelli, Alberto; Beck, Hans Peter; Stucci, Stefania; Ereditato, Antonio (2016). Measurement of the Inelastic Proton-Proton Cross Section at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC. Physical review letters, 117(18) American Physical Society 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.182002

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This Letter presents a measurement of the inelastic proton-proton cross section using 60 μb⁻¹ of pp collisions at a center-of-mass energy √s of 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Inelastic interactions are selected using rings of plastic scintillators in the forward region (2.07<|η|<3.86) of the detector. A cross section of 68.1±1.4 mb is measured in the fiducial region ξ=M 2X/s>10⁻⁶, where MX is the larger invariant mass of the two hadronic systems separated by the largest rapidity gap in the event. In this ξ range the scintillators are highly efficient. For diffractive events this corresponds to cases where at least one proton dissociates to a system with MX >13 GeV. The measured cross section is compared with a range of theoretical predictions. When extrapolated to the full phase space, a cross-section of 78.1±2.9 mb is measured, consistent with the inelastic cross section increasing with center-of-mass energy.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Laboratory for High Energy Physics (LHEP)

UniBE Contributor:

Haug, Sigve; Weber, Michael and Beck, Hans Peter

Subjects:

500 Science > 530 Physics
500 Science > 510 Mathematics

ISSN:

0031-9007

Publisher:

American Physical Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

Annette Krebs-Wegenast

Date Deposited:

20 Jul 2017 15:29

Last Modified:

20 Jul 2017 15:29

Publisher DOI:

10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.182002

Additional Information:

Kollaboration - Es sind nur die Berner Autoren namentlich erwähnt.

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.99932

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/99932

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