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Lepton Pair Production in Hadronic Collisions

  • Leon M. Lederman
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 39)

Abstract

This is a review of the experimental status of production of massive (m ⩾ 1 GeV) lepton pairs in hadronic collisions.1 The catch-all diagrams (Fig. 1) illustrate the principal motivations for this ever-expanding activity:
$$ pp \to {\ell ^ + }{\ell ^ - } + \,\,hadrons.{\,^2}$$
(1a)
It provides a third reaction to the probe of hadronic substructure via virtual photons; the other two being
$$ep \to e\,\, + \,\,hadrons\,;$$
(1b)
$${e^ + }{e^ - }\, \to \,hadrons\,\,.$$
(1c)
The relevant energy variable for (1b) is Q2, the momentum transfer. This is limited by the energy of lepton beams ∿ 200 GeV at FNAL and SPS implies a Qmax 2 ∿ 400 GeV2.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leon M. Lederman
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  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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