Jul 6 – 13, 2022
Bologna, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Very low-p_{T} di-muon production in peripheral Au+Au collision at 200 GeV at STAR

Jul 7, 2022, 5:15 PM
Room 3 (Verde)

Room 3 (Verde)

Parallel Talk Heavy Ions Heavy Ions


Ziyang Li (University of Science and Technology of China)


The strong electromagnetic field generated by the colliding nuclei in heavy-ion collisions can be represented by a spectrum of photons, leading to photon-induced interactions. While such interactions are traditionally studied in ultra-peripheral collisions (UPC) without any nuclear overlap, significant enhancements of dilepton pairs and J/$\psi$ production at very low transverse momentum ($p_{T}$) above the expected hadronic interaction yields have been observed experimentally. The observed excess yields exhibit a much weaker centrality dependence compared to the hadronic production and are consistent with photon-induced interactions. The measurements of very-low-$p_T$ vector meson and dilepton production in peripheral heavy-ion collisions provide a unique opportunity to study photoproduction in collisions with well-defined and smaller impact parameters compared to that of UPC.

In 2014 and 2016, the STAR experiment recorded large samples of Au+Au collisions at $\sqrt{s_{_{\rm NN}}}$ = 200 GeV. In this presentation, we will present new measurements of very-low-$p_T$ dilepton and J/$\psi$ production in peripheral Au+Au collisions via the $\mu^+\mu^-$ channel using these datasets, which are complementary to the previous dielectron results. Distributions of invariant mass, $p_{T}^{2}$ and angular modulation will be shown. Physics implications will also be discussed together with model comparisons.

In-person participation No

Primary author

Ziyang Li (University of Science and Technology of China)

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