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Coherent J/$\psi$ photoproduction at forward rapidity in ultra-peripheral Pb-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\rm{NN}}}=5.02$ TeV

The ALICE collaboration
Phys.Lett.B 798 (2019) 134926, 2019.

The ALICE collaboration performed the first rapidity-differential measurement of coherent J/$\psi$ photoproduction in ultra-peripheral Pb-Pb collisions at a center-of-mass energy $\sqrt{s_{\rm{NN}}}$ = 5.02 TeV. The J/$\psi$ is detected via its dimuon decay in the forward rapidity region ($-4.0 < y < -2.5$) for events where the hadronic activity is required to be minimal. The analysis is based on an event sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of about 750 $\mu$b$^{-1}$. The cross section for coherent J/$\psi$ production is presented in six rapidity bins. The results are compared with theoretical models for coherent J/$\psi$ photoproduction. These comparisons indicate that gluon shadowing effects play a role in the photoproduction process. The ratio of $\psi'$ to J/$\psi$ coherent photoproduction cross sections was measured and found to be consistent with that measured for photoproduction off protons.

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    Data from Table 1 and Figure 4


    Differential cross section as a function of rapidity for coherent J/PSI photoproduction in ultra-peripheral Pb-Pb collisions.

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