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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2015, Article ID 726393, 7 pages
Research Article

Next-to-Leading Order Differential Cross Sections for , , and Production in Proton-Proton Collisions at a Fixed-Target Experiment Using the LHC Beams

Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 918(4), Beijing 100049, China

Received 17 April 2015; Accepted 4 June 2015

Academic Editor: Cynthia Hadjidakis

Copyright © 2015 Yu Feng and Jian-Xiong Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The publication of this article was funded by SCOAP3.


Using nonrelativistic QCD (NRQCD) factorization, we calculate the yields for , , and hadroproduction at  GeV and 115 GeV including the next-to-leading order QCD corrections. Both these center-of-mass energies correspond to those obtained with 7 TeV and 2.76 TeV nucleon beam impinging a fixed target. We study the cross section integrated in as a function of the (center-of-mass) rapidity as well as the differential cross section in the central rapidity region. Using different NLO fit results of the NRQCD long-distance matrix elements, we evaluate a theoretical uncertainty which is certainly much larger than the projected experimental uncertainties with the expected 20 fb−1 to be collected per year with AFTER@LHC for collision at the center of mass energy  GeV.