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Production and Suppression of X(3872)


  • Mr. Kevin INGLES

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The dependence of the production of the $X(3872)$ meson on the hadron multiplicity in $pp$ collisions has been used as evidence against $X$ being a charm-meson molecule. The argument is based in part on the incorrect assumption that the cross section for the breakup of $X$ by scattering with comovers can be approximated by a geometric cross section inversely proportional to the binding energy of $X$. The breakup cross section should instead be approximated by the probability-weighted sum of the cross sections for the scattering of comoving pions from the charm-meson constituents of $X$, which is insensitive to the binding energy. A simple modification of the comover interaction model gives excellent fits to the data from the LHCb collaboration on the multiplicity dependence of the production of $X$ and $\psi(2S)$, giving a range of compatible values for reaction rate of $X$ and comovers.