Implications of CMS analysis of photon-photon interactions for photon PDFsSupported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (PHY-1417326, PHY-1719914) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11465018)

Obul, Pazilet (School of Physics Science and Technology, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, Xinjiang 830046, China) (Center for Theoretical Physics, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, Xinjiang 830046, China) ; Ababekri, Mamut (School of Physics Science and Technology, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, Xinjiang 830046, China) (Center for Theoretical Physics, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, Xinjiang 830046, China) ; Dulat, Sayipjamal (School of Physics Science and Technology, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, Xinjiang 830046, China) (Center for Theoretical Physics, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, Xinjiang 830046, China) ; Isaacson, Joshua (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL 60510, USA) ; Schmidt, Carl (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA) ; Yuan, C.-P. (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA)

24 October 2018

Abstract: As part of a recent analysis of exclusive two-photon production of W+W− pairs at the LHC, the CMS experiment used di-lepton data to obtain an “effective” photon-photon luminosity. We show how the CMS analysis on their 8 TeV data, along with some assumptions about the likelihood for events in which the proton breaks up to pass the selection criteria, can be used to significantly constrain the photon parton distribution functions, such as those from the CTEQ, MRST, and NNPDF collaborations. We compare the data with predictions using these photon distributions, as well as the new LUXqed photon distribution. We study the impact of including these data on the NNPDF2.3QED, NNPDF3.0QED and CT14QEDinc fits. We find that these data place a useful and complementary cross-check on the photon distribution, which is consistent with the LUXqed prediction while suggesting that the NNPDF photon error band should be significantly reduced. Additionally, we propose a simple model for describing the two-photon production of W+W− at the LHC. Using this model, we constrain the number of inelastic photons that remain after the experimental cuts are applied.


Published in: Chinese Phys. C 42 (2018) 113101
Published by: Institute of Physics Publishing/Chinese Academy of Sciences
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/42/11/113101
arXiv: 1603.04874
License: CC-BY-3.0



Back to search

Fulltext:
Download fulltextPDF Download fulltextXML