A search is performed for exclusive high-mass γγ → WW and γγ → ZZ production in proton-proton collisions using intact forward protons reconstructed in near-beam detectors, with both weak bosons decaying into boosted and merged jets. The analysis is based on a sample of proton-proton collisions collected by the CMS and TOTEM experiments at s = 13 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 100 fb −1. No excess above the standard model background prediction is observed, and upper limits are set on the pp → pWWp and pp → pZZp cross sections in a fiducial region defined by the diboson invariant mass m(VV) > 1 TeV (with V = W, Z) and proton fractional momentum loss 0.04 < ξ < 0.20. The results are interpreted as new limits on dimension-6 and dimension-8 anomalous quartic gauge couplings. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number229
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 2023


  • Forward Physics
  • Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • Vector Boson Production


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