Observation of Exclusive Charmonium Production and γγ→μ+μ- in pp̅ Collisions at sqrt[s] =1.96 TeV
In CDF we have observed the reactions p+p̅ →p+X+p̅ , with X being a centrally produced J/ψ, ψ(2S), or χc0, and γγ→μ+μ- in pp̅ collisions at sqrt[s]=1.96 TeV. The event signature requires two oppositely charged central muons, and either no other particles or one additional photon detected. Exclusive vector meson production is as expected for elastic photoproduction, γ+p→J/ψ(ψ(2S))+p, observed here for the first time in hadron-hadron collisions. We also observe exclusive χc0→J/ψ+γ. The cross sections dσ / dy|y=0 for J/ψ, ψ(2S), and χc0 are 3.92 ± 0.25(stat) ± 0.52(syst) nb, 0.53 ± 0.09(stat) ± 0.10(syst) nb, and 76 ± 10(stat) ± 10(syst) nb, respectively, and the continuum is consistent with QED. We put an upper limit on the cross section for Odderon exchange in exclusive J/ψ production.
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