Multi-photon production in e+e- collisions at √s = 189 GeV

G. Abbiendi, K. Ackerstaff, G. Alexander, J. Allison, K. J. Anderson, S. Anderson, S. Arcelli, S. Asai, S. F. Ashby, D. Axen, G. Azuelos, A. H. Ball, E. Barberio, R. J. Barlow, J. R. Batley, S. Baumann, J. Bechtluft, T. Behnke, K. W. Bell, G. BellaA. Bellerive, S. Bentvelsen, S. Bethke, S. Betts, O. Biebel, A. Biguzzi, I. J. Bloodworth, P. Bock, J. Böhme, O. Boeriu, D. Bonacorsi, M. Boutemeur, S. Braibant, P. Bright-Thomas, L. Brigliadori, R. M. Brown, H. J. Burckhart, P. Capiluppi, R. K. Carnegie, A. A. Carter, J. R. Carter, C. Y. Chang, D. G. Charlton, D. Chrisman, C. Ciocca, P. E.L. Clarke, E. Clay, I. Cohen, J. E. Conboy, O. C. Cooke, J. Couchman, C. Couyoumtzelis, R. L. Coxe, M. Cuffiani, S. Dado, G. M. Dallavalle, S. Dallison, R. Davis, S. de Jong, A. de Roeck, P. Dervan, K. Desch, B. Dienes, M. S. Dixit, M. Donkers, J. Dubbert, E. Duchovni, G. Duckeck, I. P. Duerdoth, P. G. Estabrooks, E. Etzion, F. Fabbri, A. Fanfani, M. Fanti, A. A. Faust, L. Feld, P. Ferrari, F. Fiedler, M. Fierro, I. Fleck, A. Frey, A. Fürtjes, D. I. Futyan, P. Gagnon, J. W. Gary, G. Gaycken, C. Geich-Gimbel, G. Giacomelli, P. Giacomelli, W. R. Gibson, D. M. Gingrich, D. Glenzinski, J. Goldberg, W. Gorn, C. Grandi, K. Graham, E. Gross, J. Grunhaus, M. Gruwé, C. Hajdu, G. G. Hanson, M. Hansroul, M. Hapke, K. Harder, A. Harel, C. K. Hargrove, M. Harin-Dirac, M. Hauschild, C. M. Hawkes, R. Hawkings, R. J. Hemingway, G. Herten, R. D. Heuer, M. D. Hildreth, J. C. Hill, P. R. Hobson, A. Hocker, K. Hoffman, R. J. Homer, A. K. Honma, D. Horváth, K. R. Hossain, R. Howard, P. Hüntemeyer, P. Igo-Kemenes, D. C. Imrie, K. Ishii, F. R. Jacob, A. Jawahery, H. Jeremie, M. Jimack, C. R. Jones, P. Jovanovic, T. R. Junk, N. Kanaya, J. Kanzaki, D. Karlen, V. Kartvelishvili, K. Kawagoe, T. Kawamoto, P. I. Kayal, R. K. Keeler, R. G. Kellogg, B. W. Kennedy, D. H. Kim, A. Klier, T. Kobayashi, M. Kobel, T. P. Kokott, M. Kolrep, S. Komamiya, R. V. Kowalewski, T. Kress, P. Krieger, J. von Krogh, T. Kuhl, P. Kyberd, G. D. Lafferty, H. Landsman, D. Lanske, J. Lauber, I. Lawson, J. G. Layter, D. Lellouch, J. Letts, L. Levinson, R. Liebisch, J. Lillich, B. List, C. Littlewood, A. W. Lloyd, S. L. Lloyd, F. K. Loebinger, G. D. Long, M. J. Losty, J. Lu, J. Ludwig, D. Liu, A. Macchiolo, A. Macpherson, W. Mader, M. Mannelli, S. Marcellini, T. E. Marchant, A. J. Martin, J. P. Martin, G. Martinez, T. Mashimo, P. Mattig, W. J. McDonald, J. McKenna, E. A. Mckigney, T. J. McMahon, R. A. McPherson, F. Meijers, P. Mendez-Lorenzo, F. S. Merritt, H. Mes, I. Meyer, A. Michelini, S. Mihara, G. Mikenberg, D. J. Miller, W. Mohr, A. Montanari, T. Mori, K. Nagai, I. Nakamura, H. A. Neal, R. Nisius, S. W. O'Neale, F. G. Oakham, F. Odorici, H. O. Ogren, A. Okpara, M. J. Oreglia, S. Orito, G. Pasztor, J. R. Pater, G. N. Patrick, J. Patt, R. Perez-Ochoa, S. Petzold, P. Pfeifenschneider, J. E. Pilcher, J. Pinfold, D. E. Plane, P. Poffenberger, B. Poli, J. Polok, M. Przybycien, A. Quadt, C. Rembser, H. Rick, S. Robertson, S. A. Robins, N. Rodning, J. M. Roney, S. Rosati, K. Roscoe, A. M. Rossi, Y. Rozen, K. Runge, O. Runolfsson, D. R. Rust, K. Sachs, T. Saeki, O. Sahr, W. M. Sang, E. K.G. Sarkisyan, C. Sbarra, A. D. Schaile, O. Schaile, P. Scharff-Hansen, J. Schieck, S. Schmitt, A. Schöning, M. Schroder, M. Schumacher, C. Schwick, W. G. Scott, R. Seuster, T. G. Shears, B. C. Shen, C. H. Shepherd-Themistocleous, P. Sherwood, G. P. Siroli, A. Skuja, A. M. Smith, G. A. Snow, R. Sobie, S. Söldner-Rembold, S. Spagnolo, M. Sproston, A. Stahl, K. Stephens, K. Stoll, D. Strom, R. Ströhmer, B. Surrow, S. D. Talbot, P. Taras, S. Tarem, R. Teuscher, M. Thiergen, J. Thomas, M. A. Thomson, E. Torrence, S. Towers, T. Trefzger, I. Trigger, Z. Trócsányi, E. Tsur, M. F. Turner-Watson, I. Ueda, R. van Kooten, P. Vannerem, M. Verzocchi, H. Voss, F. Wäckerle, A. Wagner, D. Waller, C. P. Ward, D. R. Ward, M. Watkins, A. T. Watson, N. K. Watson, P. S. Wells, N. Wermes, D. Wetterling, J. S. White, G. W. Wilson, J. A. Wilson, T. R. Wyatt, S. Yamashita, V. Zacek, D. Zer-Zion

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Abstract

The process e+e- → γγ(γ) is studied using data recorded with the OPAL detector at LEP. The data sample taken at a centre-of-mass energy of 189 GeV corresponds to a total integrated luminosity of 178 pb-1. The measured cross-section agrees well with the expectation from QED. A fit to the angular distribution is used to obtain improved limits at 95% CL on the QED cut-off parameters: Λ+> 304 GeV and Λ-> 295 GeV as well as a mass limit for an excited electron, Me* > 306 GeV assuming equal e*eγ and eeγ couplings. Graviton exchange in the context of theories with higher dimensions is excluded for scales G+< 660 GeV and G-< 634 GeV. No evidence for resonance production is found in the invariant mass spectrum of photon pairs. Limits are obtained for the cross-section times branching ratio for a resonance decaying into two photons and produced in association with another photon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-314
Number of pages12
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume465
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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    Abbiendi, G., Ackerstaff, K., Alexander, G., Allison, J., Anderson, K. J., Anderson, S., Arcelli, S., Asai, S., Ashby, S. F., Axen, D., Azuelos, G., Ball, A. H., Barberio, E., Barlow, R. J., Batley, J. R., Baumann, S., Bechtluft, J., Behnke, T., Bell, K. W., ... Zer-Zion, D. (1999). Multi-photon production in e+e- collisions at √s = 189 GeV. Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, 465(1-4), 303-314. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0370-2693(99)01092-8