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Oxana Smirnova

Oxana Smirnova

Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of division

Oxana Smirnova

Measurement of the total cross section and ρ -parameter from elastic scattering in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector


  • G. Aad
  • T.P.A. Åkesson
  • E.E. Corrigan
  • C. Doglioni
  • P.A. Ekman
  • J. Geisen
  • V. Hedberg
  • H. Herde
  • G. Jarlskog
  • B. Konya
  • E. Lytken
  • J.U. Mjörnmark
  • G.A. Mullier
  • R. Poettgen
  • N.D. Simpson
  • E. Skorda
  • O. Smirnova
  • L. Zwalinski

Summary, in English

In a special run of the LHC with β⋆= 2.5 km, proton–proton elastic-scattering events were recorded at s=13 TeV with an integrated luminosity of 340μb-1 using the ALFA subdetector of ATLAS in 2016. The elastic cross section was measured differentially in the Mandelstam t variable in the range from - t= 2.5 · 10 - 4 GeV 2 to - t= 0.46 GeV 2 using 6.9 million elastic-scattering candidates. This paper presents measurements of the total cross section σtot , parameters of the nuclear slope, and the ρ -parameter defined as the ratio of the real part to the imaginary part of the elastic-scattering amplitude in the limit t→ 0 . These parameters are determined from a fit to the differential elastic cross section using the optical theorem and different parameterizations of the t-dependence. The results for σtot and ρ are σtot(pp→X)=104.7±1.1mb,ρ=0.098±0.011. The uncertainty in σtot is dominated by the luminosity measurement, and in ρ by imperfect knowledge of the detector alignment and by modelling of the nuclear amplitude. © 2023, The Author(s).


  • Particle and nuclear physics
  • eSSENCE: The e-Science Collaboration

Publishing year





European Physical Journal C





Document type

Journal article




  • Subatomic Physics




  • ISSN: 1434-6044