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On the determination of double diffraction dissociation cross-section at HERA

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DOI: 10.1007/s002880050030
OAI: oai:inspirehep.net:393767
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INSPIRE-HEP
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  • Phenomenology-Hep
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Abstract

The excitation of the proton into undetected multiparticle states (double diffraction dissociation) is an important background to single diffractive deep-inelastic processes $ep \rightarrow e'p'\rho~{0}, e'p'J/\Psi, e'p'X$ at HERA. We present estimates of the admixture of the double diffraction dissociation events in all diffractive events. We find that in the $J/\Psi$ photoproduction, electroproduction of the $\rho~0$ at large $Q~2$ and diffraction dissociation of real and virtual photons into high mass states $X$ the contamination of the double diffraction dissociation can be as large as $\sim 30\%$, thus affecting substantially the experimental tests of the pomeron exchange in deep inelastic scattering at HERA. We discuss a possibility of tagging the double diffraction dissociation by neutrons observed in the forward neutron calorimeter. We present evaluations of the spectra of neutrons and efficiency of neutron tagging based on the experimental data for diffractive processes in the proton-proton collisions.

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