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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2015, Article ID 986348, 15 pages
Research Article

Feasibility Studies for Quarkonium Production at a Fixed-Target Experiment Using the LHC Proton and Lead Beams (AFTER@LHC)

1LAL, Université Paris-Sud, CNRS/IN2P3, 91406 Orsay, France
2IPNO, Université Paris-Sud, CNRS/IN2P3, 91406 Orsay, France
3FNSPE, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
4Laboratoire Leprince Ringuet, École Polytechnique, CNRS/IN2P3, 91128 Palaiseau, France
5Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology, Ulica Koszykowa 75, 00-662 Warsaw, Poland
6PH Department, Theory Unit, CERN, CH-1211, Geneva 23, Switzerland

Received 17 April 2015; Accepted 16 June 2015

Academic Editor: Michal Kreps

Copyright © 2015 L. Massacrier et al. 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.


Being used in the fixed-target mode, the multi-TeV LHC proton and lead beams allow for studies of heavy-flavour hadroproduction with unprecedented precision at backward rapidities, far negative Feynman-, using conventional detection techniques. At the nominal LHC energies, quarkonia can be studied in detail in , , and collisions at  GeV and in Pb + and Pb + collisions at  GeV with luminosities roughly equivalent to that of the collider mode that is up to 20 fb−1 yr−1 in and collisions, up to 0.6 fb−1 yr−1 in collisions, and up to 10 nb−1 yr−1 in Pb + collisions. In this paper, we assess the feasibility of such studies by performing fast simulations using the performance of a LHCb-like detector.