Direct photon cross section with conversions at CDF

We present a measurement of the isolated direct photon cross section in $p\bar{p}$ collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 1.8$ TeV using data collected between 1994 and 1995 by the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF). The measurement is based on events where the photon converts into an electron-positron pair in the material of the inner detector, resulting in a two track event signature. To remove $\pi^0 \rightarrow \gamma \gamma$ and $\eta \rightarrow \gamma \gamma$ events from the data we have developed a novel background subtraction technique based in electron E/p. The new measurement improves upon the statistical and systematic errors of conventional measurements at $p_T < 20$ GeV. We find that the cross section is larger than next-to-leading order QCD predictions over the $p_T$ range studied. The conversion cross section is also 30-40\% larger than previous CDF measurements.
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