Publication at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics |

2017

Measurements of D*(2010) meson production in diffractive deep inelastic scattering (5 eXY is studied, where the system X, containing at least one D*(2010) meson, is separated from a leading low-mass proton dissociative system Y by a large rapidity gap. The kinematics of D* candidates are reconstructed in the D* -> K pi pi decay channel.

The measured cross sections compare favourably with next-to-leading order QCD predictions, where charm quarks are produced via boson-gluon fusion. The charm quarks are then independently fragmented to the D* mesons.

The calculations rely on the collinear factorisation theorem and are based on diffractive parton densities previously obtained by II1 from fits to inclusive diffractive cross sections. The data are further used to determine the diffractive to inclusive D* production ratio in deep inelastic scattering.