Measurement of the inclusive D*± production in γγ collisions at LEP

A. Heister, S. Schael, R. Barate, R. Brunelière, I. De Bonis, D. Decamp, C. Goy, S. Jezequel, J. P. Lees, F. Martin, E. Merle, M. N. Minard, B. Pietrzyk, B. Trocmé, S. Bravo, M. P. Casado, M. Chmeissani, J. M. Crespo, E. Fernandez, M. Fernandez-BosmanLl Garrido, M. Martinez, A. Pacheco, H. Ruiz, A. Colaleo, D. Creanza, N. DeFilippis, M. DePalma, G. Iaselli, G. Maggi, M. Maggi, S. Nuzzo, A. Ranieri, G. Raso, F. Ruggieri, G. Selvaggi, L. Silvestris, P. Tempesta, A. Tricomi, G. Zito, X. Huang, J. Lin, Q. Ouyang, T. Wang, Y. Xie, R. Xu, S. Xue, J. Zhang, L. Zhang, W. Zhao, D. Abbaneo, P. Azzurri, T. Barklow, O. Buchmüller, M. Cattaneo, F. Cerutti, B. Clerbaux, H. Drevermann, R. W. Forty, M. Frank, F. Gianotti, J. B. Hansen, J. Harvey, D. E. Hutchcroft, P. Janot, B. Jost, M. Kado, P. Mato, A. Moutoussi, F. Ranjard, L. Rolandi, D. Schlatter, G. Sguazzoni, W. Tejessy, F. Teubert, A. Valassi, I. Videau, J. J. Ward, F. Badaud, S. Dessagne, A. Falvard, D. Fayolle, P. Gay, J. Jousset, B. Michel, S. Monteil, D. Pallin, J. M. Pascolo, P. Perret, J. D. Hansen, J. R. Hansen, P. H. Hansen, A. Kraan, B. S. Nilsson, A. Kyriakis, C. Markou, E. Simopoulou, A. Vayaki, K. Zachariadou

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Abstract

The inclusive production of D*± mesons in two-photon collisions is measured with the ALEPH detector at e+e- centre-of-mass energies from 183 GeV to 209 GeV. A total of 360±27 D*± meson events are observed from an integrated luminosity of 699 pb-1. Contributions from direct and single-resolved processes are separated using the ratio of the transverse momentum ptD*± of the D*± to the visible invariant mass Wvis of the event. Differential cross sections of D*= production as functions of ptD*± and the pseudorapidity |D*=| are measured in the range 2GeV/c < ptD*± < 12GeV/c and |D*±| < 1.5. They are compared to next-to-leading order (NLO) perturbative QCD calculations. The extrapolation of the integrated visible D*± cross section to the total charm cross section, based on the Pythia Monte Carlo program, yields σ(e+e- → e+e-cc̄)«√s»=197 GeV =731 ± 74stat ± 47syst ± 157extr pb.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-449
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2003

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