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Measurements of integrated and differential cross sections for isolated photon pair production in pp collisions at √s=8  TeV with the ATLAS detector

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  • The ATLAS collaboration
Article number112005
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>27/06/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical Review D
Issue number11
Number of pages27
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A measurement of the production cross section for two isolated photons in proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of √s=8  TeV is presented. The results are based on an integrated luminosity of 20.2  fb−1 recorded by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. The measurement considers photons with pseudorapidities satisfying |ηγ|<1.37 or 1.56<|ηγ|<2.37 and transverse energies of respectively EγT,1>40  GeV and EγT,2>30  GeV for the two leading photons ordered in transverse energy produced in the interaction. The background due to hadronic jets and electrons is subtracted using data-driven techniques. The fiducial cross sections are corrected for detector effects and measured differentially as a function of six kinematic observables. The measured cross section integrated within the fiducial volume is 16.8±0.8  pb. The data are compared to fixed-order QCD calculations at next-to-leading-order and next-to-next-to-leading-order accuracy as well as next-to-leading-order computations including resummation of initial-state gluon radiation at next-to-next-to-leading logarithm or matched to a parton shower, with relative uncertainties varying from 5% to 20%.