Volume 397 - The Ninth Annual Conference on Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP2021) - Joint sessions
New measurements on diffractive vector mesons
S. Ragoni*  on behalf of the ALICE and LHCb Collaborations
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Pre-published on: October 20, 2021
Published on: November 17, 2021
Abstract
Vector meson photoproduction at high energies has attracted increased interest in recent years due to the unique kinematical ranges offered by the LHC experiments. The ALICE and LHCb collaborations have provided measurements of vector meson photoproduction on nuclear and proton targets, i.e. off p, Pb and Xe targets. The large data sets available from LHC Run 2 allow for more differential measurements.

The ALICE and LHCb collaborations have recently provided measurements of coherent \jpsi in \PbPb ultra-peripheral collisions (UPC). In addition, the former also reports the first measurement of the $|t|$-dependence of coherent \jpsi in \PbPb, and has also recently measured coherent \rhozero photoproduction off Pb and Xe targets, thus providing the first study of the A dependence of coherent \rhozero photoproduction.

Vector meson photoproduction in peripheral \PbPb collisions has also been observed by ALICE and LHCb, thus providing a viable technique to extract photonuclear cross sections at a low Bjorken-$x$ of around $10^{-5}$. Lastly, the potential of UPC for tetraquark searches is briefly discussed.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.397.0085
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