Total forward and differential cross sections of neutral D mesons produced in 500 GeV/c π--nucleon interactions E791 Collaboration

E. M. Aitala*, S. Amato, J. C. Anjos, J. A. Appel, D. Ashery, S. Banerjee, I. Bediaga, G. Blaylock, S. B. Bracker, P. R. Burchat, R. A. Burnstein, T. Carter, H. S. Carvalho, N. K. Copty, L. M. Cremaldi, C. Darling, K. Denisenko, S. Devmal, A. Fernandez, G. F. FoxP. Gagnon, C. Gobel, K. Gounder, A. M. Halling, G. Herrera, G. Hurvits, C. James, P. A. Kasper, S. Kwan, D. C. Langs, J. Leslie, B. Lundberg, J. Magnin, S. MayTal-Beck, B. Meadows, J. R.T. De Mello Neto, D. Mihalcea, R. H. Milburn, J. M. De Miranda, A. Napier, A. Nguyen, A. B. D'Oliveira, K. O'Shaughnessy, K. C. Peng, L. P. Perera, M. V. Purohit, B. Quinn, S. Radeztsky, A. Rafatian, N. W. Reay, J. J. Reidy, A. C. Dos Reis, H. A. Rubin, D. A. Sanders, A. K.S. Santha, A. F.S. Santoro, A. J. Schwartz, M. Sheaff, R. A. Sidwell, A. J. Slaughter, M. D. Sokoloff, J. Solano, N. R. Stanton, R. J. Stefanski, K. Stenson, D. J. Summers, S. Takach, K. Thorne, A. K. Tripathi, S. Watanabe, R. Weiss-Babai, J. Wiener, N. Witchey, E. Wolin, S. M. Yang, D. Yi, S. Yoshida, R. Zaliznyak, C. Zhang

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We measure the neutral D total forward cross section and the differential cross sections as functions of Feynman-x (xF) and transverse momentum squared for 500 GeV/c π--nucleon interactions. The results are obtained from 88 990 ± 460 reconstructed neutral D mesons from Fermilab experiment E791 using the decay channels D0 → K- π+ and D0 → K- π+ π- π+ (and charge conjugates). We extract fit parameters from the differential cross sections and provide the first direct measurement of the turnover point in the xF distribution, 0.0131 ± 0.0038. We measure an absolute D0 + D̄0 (XF > 0) cross section of 15.4-2.3+1.8 μbarn/nucleon (assuming a linear A dependence). The differential and total forward cross sections are compared to theoretical predictions and to results of previous experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-236
Number of pages12
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1999


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