Exclusive diffractive production of π+π− continuum and resonances within tensor pomeron approach
1 Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, PL-31342 Kraków, Poland
2 Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Heidelberg, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
* e-mail: Piotr.Lebiedowicz@ifj.edu.pl
** Also at University of Rzeszów, PL-35959 Rzeszów, Poland.
Published online: 29 November 2016
We discuss exclusive central diffractive dipion production in proton-(anti)proton collisions at high energies. The calculation is based on a tensor pomeron model and the amplitudes for the processes are formulated in an effective field-theoretic approach. We include the purely diffractive dipion continuum, and the scalar and tensor resonances decaying into the π+π− pairs as well as the photoproduction contributions (ρ0, Drell-Söding). We discuss how two pomerons couple to tensor meson f2(1270) and the interference effects of resonance and dipion continuum. The theoretical results are compared with CDF and CMS experimental data. We show the influence of the experimental cuts on the integrated cross section and on various differential distributions for outgoing particles. We find that the relative contribution of resonant f2(1270) and dipion continuum strongly depends on the cut on proton transverse momenta (or four-momentum transfer squared t1,2) which may explain some controversial observations made by different ISR experiments in the past. The cuts may play then the role of a ππ resonance filter. We suggest some experimental analyses to fix model parameters related to the pomeron-pomeron-meson coupling.
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