Luminosity-independent measurement of the proton-proton total cross section at √s=8 TeV

G. Antchev, P. Aspell, I. Atanassov, V. Avati, J. Baechler, V. Berardi, M. Berretti, E. Bossini, U. Bottigli, M. Bozzo, E. Brücken, A. Buzzo, F. S. Cafagna, M. Calicchio, M. G. Catanesi, C. Covault, M. Csanád, T. Csörgo, M. Deile, M. DoubekK. Eggert, V. Eremin, R. Ferretti, F. Ferro, A. Fiergolski, F. Garcia, S. Giani, V. Greco, L. Grzanka, J. Heino, T. Hilden, R. A. Intonti, J. Kašpar, J. Kopal, V. Kundrát, K. Kurvinen, S. Lami, G. Latino, R. Lauhakangas, T. Leszko, E. Lippmaa, M. Lokajíček, M. Lo Vetere, F. Lucas Rodríguez, M. Macrí, T. Mäki, A. Mercadante, N. Minafra, S. Minutoli, F. Nemes, H. Niewiadomski, E. Oliveri, F. Oljemark, R. Orava, M. Oriunno, K. Österberg, P. Palazzi, J. Procházka, M. Quinto, E. Radermacher, E. Radicioni, F. Ravotti, E. Robutti, L. Ropelewski, G. Ruggiero, H. Saarikko, A. Santroni, A. Scribano, J. Smajek, W. Snoeys, J. Sziklai, C. Taylor, N. Turini, V. Vacek, M. Vítek, J. Welti, J. Whitmore, P. Wyszkowski

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Abstract

The TOTEM collaboration has measured the proton-proton total cross section at √s=8 TeV using a luminosity-independent method. In LHC fills with dedicated beam optics, the Roman pots have been inserted very close to the beam allowing the detection of ∼90% of the nuclear elastic scattering events. Simultaneously the inelastic scattering rate has been measured by the T1 and T2 telescopes. By applying the optical theorem, the total proton-proton cross section of (101.7±2.9) mb has been determined, well in agreement with the extrapolation from lower energies. This method also allows one to derive the luminosity-independent elastic and inelastic cross sections: σel=(27.1±1.4) mb; σinel=(74. 7±1.7) mb.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012001
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume111
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2013

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Antchev, G., Aspell, P., Atanassov, I., Avati, V., Baechler, J., Berardi, V., Berretti, M., Bossini, E., Bottigli, U., Bozzo, M., Brücken, E., Buzzo, A., Cafagna, F. S., Calicchio, M., Catanesi, M. G., Covault, C., Csanád, M., Csörgo, T., Deile, M., ... Wyszkowski, P. (2013). Luminosity-independent measurement of the proton-proton total cross section at √s=8 TeV. Physical review letters, 111(1), [012001]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.012001