Inclusive production of D mesons in photon-photon collisions at √see = 183 and 189 GeV and a first measurement of Fγ2,c

G. Abbiendi, K. Ackerstaff, P. F. Akesson, G. Alexander, J. Allison, K. J. Anderson, S. Arcelli, S. Asai, S. F. Ashby, D. Axen, G. Azuelos, I. Bailey, A. H. Ball, E. Barberio, T. Barillari, R. J. Barlow, J. R. Batley, S. Baumann, T. Behnke, K. W. BellG. Bella, A. Bellerive, S. Bentvelsen, S. Bethke, S. Betts, O. Biebel, A. Biguzzi, I. J. Bloodworth, P. Bock, J. Böhme, O. Boeriu, D. Bonacorsi, M. Boutemeur, S. Braibant, P. Bright-Thomas, L. Brigliadori, R. M. Brown, H. J. Burckhart, P. Capiluppi, R. K. Carnegie, A. A. Carter, J. R. Carter, C. Y. Chang, D. G. Charlton, D. Chrisman, C. Ciocca, P. E.L. Clarke, E. Clay, I. Cohen, J. E. Conboy, O. C. Cooke, J. Couchman, C. Couyoumtzelis, R. L. Coxe, M. Cuffiani, S. Dado, G. M. Dallavalle, S. Dallison, R. Davis, A. de Roeck, P. Dervan, K. Desch, B. Dienes, M. S. Dixit, M. Donkers, J. Dubbert, E. Duchovni, G. Duckeck, I. P. Duerdoth, P. G. Estabrooks, E. Etzion, F. Fabbri, A. Fanfani, M. Fanti, A. A. Faust, L. Feld, P. Ferrari, F. Fiedler, M. Fierro, I. Fleck, A. Frey, A. Fürtjes, D. I. Futyan, P. Gagnon, J. W. Gary, G. Gaycken, C. Geich-Gimbel, G. Giacomelli, P. Giacomelli, D. M. Gingrich, D. Glenzinski, J. Goldberg, W. Gorn, C. Grandi, K. Graham, E. Gross, J. Grunhaus, M. Gruwé, M. Hansroul, M. Hapke, K. Harder, A. Harel, C. K. Hargrove, M. Harin-Dirac, M. Hauschild, C. M. Hawkes, R. Hawkings, R. J. Hemingway, G. Herten, R. D. Heuer, M. D. Hildreth, J. C. Hill, P. R. Hobson, A. Hocker, K. Hoffman, R. J. Homer, A. K. Honma, D. Horváth, K. R. Hossain, R. Howard, P. Hüntemeyer, P. Igo-Kemenes, D. C. Imrie, K. Ishii, F. R. Jacob, A. Jawahery, H. Jeremie, M. Jimack, C. R. Jones, P. Jovanovic, T. R. Junk, N. Kanaya, J. Kanzaki, G. Karapetian, D. Karlen, V. Kartvelishvili, K. Kawagoe, T. Kawamoto, P. I. Kayal, R. K. Keeler, R. G. Kellogg, B. W. Kennedy, D. H. Kim, A. Klier, T. Kobayashi, M. Kobel, T. P. Kokott, M. Kolrep, S. Komamiya, R. V. Kowalewski, T. Kress, P. Krieger, J. von Krogh, T. Kuhl, M. Kupper, P. Kyberd, G. D. Lafferty, H. Landsman, D. Lanske, J. Lauber, I. Lawson, J. G. Layter, D. Lellouch, J. Letts, L. Levinson, R. Liebisch, J. Lillich, B. List, C. Littlewood, A. W. Lloyd, S. L. Lloyd, F. K. Loebinger, G. D. Long, M. J. Losty, J. Lu, J. Ludwig, A. Macchiolo, A. Macpherson, W. Mader, M. Mannelli, S. Marcellini, T. E. Marchant, A. J. Martin, J. P. Martin, G. Martinez, T. Mashimo, P. Mättig, W. J. McDonald, J. McKenna, E. A. Mckigney, T. J. McMahon, R. A. McPherson, F. Meijers, P. Mendez-Lorenzo, F. S. Merritt, H. Mes, I. Meyer, A. Michelini, S. Mihara, G. Mikenberg, D. J. Miller, W. Mohr, A. Montanari, T. Mori, K. Nagai, I. Nakamura, H. A. Neal, R. Nisius, S. W. O'Neale, F. G. Oakham, F. Odorici, H. O. Ogren, A. Okpara, M. J. Oreglia, S. Orito, G. Pásztor, J. R. Pater, G. N. Patrick, J. Patt, R. Perez-Ochoa, S. Petzold, P. Pfeifenschneider, J. E. Pilcher, J. Pinfold, D. E. Plane, B. Poli, J. Polok, M. Przybycień, A. Quadt, C. Rembser, H. Rick, S. A. Robins, N. Rodning, J. M. Roney, S. Rosati, K. Roscoe, A. M. Rossi, Y. Rozen, K. Runge, O. Runolfsson, D. R. Rust, K. Sachs, T. Saeki, O. Sahr, W. M. Sang, E. K.G. Sarkisyan, C. Sbarra, A. D. Schaile, O. Schaile, P. Scharff-Hansen, J. Schieck, S. Schmitt, A. Schöning, M. Schröder, M. Schumacher, C. Schwick, W. G. Scott, R. Seuster, T. G. Shears, B. C. Shen, C. H. Shepherd-Themistocleous, P. Sherwood, G. P. Siroli, A. Skuja, A. M. Smith, G. A. Snow, R. Sobie, S. Soldner-Rembold, S. Spagnolo, M. Sproston, A. Stahl, K. Stephens, K. Stoll, D. Strom, R. Ströhmer, B. Surrow, S. D. Talbot, P. Taras, S. Tarem, R. Teuscher, M. Thiergen, J. Thomas, M. A. Thomson, E. Torrence, S. Towers, T. Trefzger, I. Trigger, Z. Trócsányi, E. Tsur, M. F. Turner-Watson, I. Ueda, R. VanKooten, P. Vannerem, M. Verzocchi, H. Voss, F. Wäckerle, D. Waller, C. P. Ward, D. R. Ward, P. M. Watkins, A. T. Watson, N. K. Watson, P. S. Wells, T. Wengler, N. Wermes, G. W. Wilson, J. A. Wilson, T. R. Wyatt, S. Yamashita, V. Zacek, D. Zer-Zion

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Abstract

The inclusive production of D mesons in photon-photon collisions has been measured using the OPAL detector at LEP at e+e- centre-of-mass energies √see of 183 and 189 GeV. The D*+ mesons are reconstructed in their decay to D0π+ with the D0 observed in the two decay modes K-π+ and K-π+π-π+. After background subtraction, 100.4 ± 12.6 (stat) D mesons have been selected in events without observed scattered beam electron ("anti-tagged") and 29.8 ± 5.9 (stat)D mesons in events where one beam electron is scattered into the detector ("single-tagged"). Direct and single-resolved events are studied separately. Differential cross-sections dσ/dpD*T and dσ/d|ηD*| as functions of the D transverse momentum pD*T and pseudorapidity ηD* are presented in the kinematic region 2 GeV < pD*T < 12 GeV and |ηD*| < 1.5. They are compared to next-to-leading order (NLO) perturbative QCD calculations. The total cross-section for the process e+e- → e+e- cc̄ where the charm quarks are produced in the collision of two quasi-real photons is measured to be σ(e+e- → e+e- cc̄) = 963 ± 110 (stat) ± 86 (sys) ± 224 (extrapolation) pb. A first measurement of the charm structure function Fγ2,c of the photon is performed in the kinematic range 0.0014 < cursive Greek chi < 0.87 and 5 GeV2 < Q2 < 100 GeV2, and the result is compared to a NLO perturbative QCD calculation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-596
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Abbiendi, G., Ackerstaff, K., Akesson, P. F., Alexander, G., Allison, J., Anderson, K. J., Arcelli, S., Asai, S., Ashby, S. F., Axen, D., Azuelos, G., Bailey, I., Ball, A. H., Barberio, E., Barillari, T., Barlow, R. J., Batley, J. R., Baumann, S., Behnke, T., ... Zer-Zion, D. (2000). Inclusive production of D mesons in photon-photon collisions at √see = 183 and 189 GeV and a first measurement of Fγ2,c. European Physical Journal C, 16(4), 579-596. https://doi.org/10.1007/s100520000420