Upcgen: A Monte Carlo simulation program for dilepton pair production in ultra-peripheral collisions of heavy ions
Ultra-peripheral collisions (UPCs) of heavy ions can be used as a clean environment to study two-photon induced interactions such as dilepton pair photoproduction. Recently, precise data on lepton pair production in UPCs were obtained by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC where significant deviations, of up to 20%, from available theoretical predictions were observed. In this work, we present a Monte Carlo event generator, Upcgen, that implements a refined treatment of the photon flux allowing us to improve the agreement with ATLAS data at large dilepton rapidities. Besides, the new generator offers a possibility to study photon polarization effects and set arbitrary values of the lepton anomalous magnetic moment that can be used in the future studies of tau g - 2 via ditau production measurements in UPCs.