First Search for Exclusive Diphoton Production at High Mass with Tagged Protons in Proton-Proton Collisions at root s=13 TeV

The CMS collaboration, TOTEM Collaboration, A. Tumasyan, W. Adam, P. Eerola, H. Kirschenmann, M. Voutilainen, Erik Brücken, J. Havukainen, Jaana Heikkilä, Veikko Karimäki, Minsuk Kim, R. Kinnunen, Matti Kortelainen, T. Lampén, K. Lassila-Perini, S. Laurila, S. Lehti, T. Lindén, P. LuukkaJuska Pekkanen, H. Siikonen, E. Tuominen, J. Tuominiemi, Jussi Viinikainen, T. Tuuva, Mirko Berretti, Laurent Forthomme, F. Garcia, Tiina Naaranoja, Fredrik Robert Oljemark, K. Österberg, Heimo Saarikko, Jan Sebastian Welti

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A search for exclusive two-photon production via photon exchange in proton-proton collisions, pp -> p gamma gamma p with intact protons, is presented. The data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 9.4 fb(-1) collected in 2016 using the CMS and TOTEM detectors at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeVat the LHC. Events are selected with a diphoton invariant mass above 350 GeVand with both protons intact in the final state, to reduce backgrounds from strong interactions. The events of interest are those where the invariant mass and rapidity calculated from the momentum losses of the forward-moving protons match the mass and rapidity of the central, two-photon system. No events are found that satisfy this condition. Interpreting this result in an effective dimension-8 extension of the standard model, the first limits are set on the two anomalous four-photon coupling parameters. If the other parameter is constrained to its standard model value, the limits at 95% confidence level are vertical bar zeta(1)vertical bar < 2.9 x 10(-1)3 GeV-4 and vertical bar zeta(2)vertical bar < 6.0 x 10(-13) GeV-4.

TidskriftPhysical Review Letters
Antal sidor20
StatusPublicerad - 1 juli 2022
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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