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Measurement of $D^*$ production in diffractive deep inelastic scattering at HERA


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Measurements of $D^*(2010)$ meson production in diffractive deep inelastic scattering $(5 < Q^2 < 100 GeV^2)$ are presented which are based on HERA data recorded at a centre-of-mass energy $\sqrt{s} = 319 GeV$ with an integrated luminosity of 287 pb$^{−1}$. The reaction $ep \to eXY$ is studied, where the system X, containing at least one $D^*(2010)$ meson, is separated from a leading low-mass proton dissociative system $Y$ by a large rapidity gap. The kinematics of $D^*$ candidates are reconstructed in the $D^* \to K\pi\pi$ decay channel. The measured cross sections compare favourably with next-to-leading order QCD predictions, where charm quarks are produced via boson-gluon fusion. The charm quarks are then independently fragmented to the $D^*$ mesons. The calculations rely on the collinear factorisation theorem and are based on diffractive parton densities previously obtained by H1 from fits to inclusive diffractive cross sections. The data are further used to determine the diffractive to inclusive $D^*$ production ratio in deep inelastic scattering.

Abstract

Measurements of $D^*(2010)$ meson production in diffractive deep inelastic scattering $(5 < Q^2 < 100 GeV^2)$ are presented which are based on HERA data recorded at a centre-of-mass energy $\sqrt{s} = 319 GeV$ with an integrated luminosity of 287 pb$^{−1}$. The reaction $ep \to eXY$ is studied, where the system X, containing at least one $D^*(2010)$ meson, is separated from a leading low-mass proton dissociative system $Y$ by a large rapidity gap. The kinematics of $D^*$ candidates are reconstructed in the $D^* \to K\pi\pi$ decay channel. The measured cross sections compare favourably with next-to-leading order QCD predictions, where charm quarks are produced via boson-gluon fusion. The charm quarks are then independently fragmented to the $D^*$ mesons. The calculations rely on the collinear factorisation theorem and are based on diffractive parton densities previously obtained by H1 from fits to inclusive diffractive cross sections. The data are further used to determine the diffractive to inclusive $D^*$ production ratio in deep inelastic scattering.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:15 Feb 2018 13:42
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 11:12
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1434-6044
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-4875-9

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