This Letter presents a measurement of the inelastic proton-proton cross section using 60  μb^-1 of pp collisions at a center-of-mass energy sqrt[s] of 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Inelastic interactions are selected using rings of plastic scintillators in the forward region (2.07<|η|<3.86) of the detector. A cross section of 68.1±1.4  mb is measured in the fiducial region ξ=M_X^2/s>10^-6, where M_X is the larger invariant mass of the two hadronic systems separated by the largest rapidity gap in the event. In this ξ range the scintillators are highly efficient. For diffractive events this corresponds to cases where at least one proton dissociates to a system with M_X>13  GeV. The measured cross section is compared with a range of theoretical predictions. When extrapolated to the full phase space, a cross section of 78.1±2.9  mb is measured, consistent with the inelastic cross section increasing with center-of-mass energy.

Aaboud, M., Aad, G., Abbott, B., Abdallah, J., Abdinov, O., Abeloos, B., et al. (2016). Measurement of the Inelastic Proton-Proton Cross Section at s =13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 117(18), 182002 [10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.182002].

Measurement of the Inelastic Proton-Proton Cross Section at s =13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC

AIELLI, GIULIO;CAMARRI, PAOLO;CERRITO, LUCIO;DI CIACCIO, ANNA;