Neutral pion and eta meson production in p-Pb collisions at root S-NN=5.02 TeV

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The ALICE Collaboration , Acharya , S , Brucken , E J , Chang , B , Kim , D J , Litichevskyi , V , Mieskolainen , M M , Orava , R , Rak , J , Räsänen , S S , Saarinen , S , Slupecki , M , Snellman , T W , Trzaska , W H , Vargyas , M & Viinikainen , J 2018 , ' Neutral pion and eta meson production in p-Pb collisions at root S-NN=5.02 TeV ' , European Physical Journal C. Particles and Fields , vol. 78 , no. 8 , 624 . https://doi.org/10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-6013-8

Title: Neutral pion and eta meson production in p-Pb collisions at root S-NN=5.02 TeV
Author: The ALICE collaboration; Acharya, S.; Brucken, E. J.; Chang, B.; Kim, D. J.; Litichevskyi, V.; Mieskolainen, M. M.; Orava, R.; Rak, J.; Räsänen, S. S.; Saarinen, S.; Slupecki, M.; Snellman, T. W.; Trzaska, W. H.; Vargyas, M.; Viinikainen, J.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä
University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics
University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä
University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä
University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä
Date: 2018-08-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 25
Belongs to series: European Physical Journal C. Particles and Fields
ISSN: 1434-6044
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/243958
Abstract: Neutral pion and eta meson invariant differential yields were measured in non-single diffractive p-Pb collisions at root S-NN = 5.02 TeV with the ALICE experiment at the CERN LHC. The analysis combines results from three complementary photon measurements, utilizing the PHOS and EMCal calorimeters and the Photon Conversion Method. The invariant differential yields of pi(0) and eta meson inclusive production are measured near mid-rapidity in a broad transverse momentum range of 0.3 < p(T) < 20 GeV/c and 0.7 < p(T) < 20 GeV/c, respectively. The measured eta/pi(0) ratio increases with p(T) and saturates for p(T) > 4 GeV/c at 0.483 +/- 0.015(stat) +/- 0.015(sys). A deviation from m(T) scaling is observed for p(T) < 2 GeV/c. The measured eta/pi(0) ratio is consistent with previous measurements from proton-nucleus and pp collisions over the full pi range. The measured eta/pi(0) ratio at high p(T) also agrees within uncertainties with measurements from nucleus nucleus collisions. The pi(0) and eta yields in p-Pb relative to the scaled pp interpolated reference, R-pPb, are presented for 0.3 < p(T) < 20 GeV/c and 0.7 < p(T) < 20 GeV/c, respectively. The results are compared with theoretical model calculations. The values of R-pPb are consistent with unity for transverse momenta above 2 GeV/c. These results support the interpretation that the suppressed yield of neutral mesons measured in Pb-Pb collisions at LHC energies is due to parton energy loss in the hot QCD medium.
Subject: 114 Physical sciences
CHARGED-PARTICLE PRODUCTION
LARGE TRANSVERSE-MOMENTUM
PROTON-LEAD COLLISIONS
HEAVY-ION COLLISIONS
SIDE ANGULAR-CORRELATIONS
ROOT-S(NN)=5.02 TEV
LONG-RANGE
MULTIPLICITY DEPENDENCE
HADRON-PRODUCTION
LHC
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