Exclusive J/psi and Upsilon photoproduction and the low x gluon



Jones, SP, Martin, AD, Ryskin, MG and Teubner, Thomas ORCID: 0000-0002-0680-0776
(2016) Exclusive J/psi and Upsilon photoproduction and the low x gluon. Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 43.

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Abstract

We study exclusive vector meson photoproduction, γp→V+p with V=J/ψ or Υ, at NLO in collinear factorisation, in order to examine what may be learnt about the gluon distribution at very low x. We examine the factorisation scale dependence of the predictions. We argue that, using knowledge of the NLO corrections, terms enhanced by a large ln(1/ξ) can be reabsorbed in the LO part by a choice of the factorisation scale. (In these exclusive processes ξ takes the role of Bjorken-x.) Then, the scale dependence coming from the remaining NLO contributions has no ln(1/ξ) enhancements. As a result, we find that predictions for the amplitude of Υ production are stable to within about ±15%. This will allow data for the exclusive process pp→pΥp at the LHC, particularly from LHCb, to be included in global parton analyses to constrain the gluon PDF down to x∼10−5. Moreover, the study of exclusive J/ψ photoproduction indicates that the gluon density found in the recent global PDF analyses is too small at low x and low scales.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2016 17:08
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 00:19
DOI: 10.1088/0954-3899/43/3/035002
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2047260