Charmonium spectrum and diffractive production in a light-front Hamiltonian approach

Guangyao Chen, Yang Li, Pieter Maris, Kirill Tuchin, James P. Vary

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We study exclusive charmonium production in diffractive deep inelastic scattering and ultra-peripheral heavy-ion collisions within the dipole picture. The mass spectrum and light-front wavefunctions of charmonium are obtained from the basis light-front quantization approach, using the one-gluon exchange interaction plus a confining potential inspired by light-front holography. We apply these light-front wavefunctions to exclusive charmonium production. The resulting cross sections are in reasonable agreement with electron-proton collision data at HERA and ultra-peripheral nucleus collision measurements at RHIC and LHC. The charmonium cross-section has model dependence on the dipole model. We observe that the cross-section ratio of excited states to the ground state has a weaker dependence than the cross-section itself. We suggest that measurements of excited states of heavy quarkonium production in future electron-ion collision experiments will impose rigorous constraints on heavy quarkonium light-front wave-functions, thus improving our understanding of meson structure, which eventually will help us develop a precise description of the gluon distribution function in the small-x regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-413
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear and Particle Physics Proceedings
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank X. Zhao, P. Wiecki and Y. Xie for valuable discussions. We thank N. Kovalchuk for providing us the experimental data for Ψ(2s) measurement. This work was supported in part by the Department of Energy under Grant Nos. DE-FG02-87ER40371 and DESC0008485 (SciDAC-3/NUCLEI). We acknowledge computational resources provided by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

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© 2017 Elsevier B.V.


  • charmonium
  • dipole model
  • light front
  • meson production

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