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Particles and Fields
Eur. Phys. J. C 27, 173-188 (2003)
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s2002-01130-2

Measurements of inelastic $J/\psi$ and $\psi^{\prime}$ photoproduction at HERA

The ZEUS Collaboration

(Received: 22 October 2002 / Published online: 14 February 2003 )

The cross sections for inelastic photoproduction of $J/\psi$ and $\psi^{\prime}$ mesons have been measured in ep collisions with the ZEUS detector at HERA, using an integrated luminosity of 38.0 pb -1. The events were required to have 0.1 < z < 0.9 and 50 < W < 180 GeV, where z is the fraction of the incident photon energy carried by the $J/\psi$ in the proton rest frame and W is the photon-proton centre-of-mass energy. The $\psi^{\prime}$ to $J/\psi$ cross-sec tion ratio was measured in the range 0.55 < z < 0.9. The $J/\psi$ data, for various ranges of transverse momentum, are compared to theoretical models incorporating colour-singlet and colour-octet matrix elements. Predictions of a next-to-leading-order colour-singlet model give a good description of the data, although there is a large normalisation uncertainty. The $J/\psi$ helicity distribution for z > 0.4 is compared to leading-order QCD predictions.

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