Azimuthal anisotropy of D-meson production in Pb-Pb collisions at root s(NN)=2.76 TeV
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The production of the prompt charmed mesonsD(0), D+, andD(*+) relative to the reaction plane was measured in Pb-Pb collisions at a center-of-mass energy per nucleon-nucleon collision of root s(NN) = 2.76 TeV with the ALICE detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. D mesons were reconstructed via their hadronic decays at central rapidity in the transverse-momentum (pT) interval 2-16 GeV/c. The azimuthal anisotropy is quantified in terms of the second coefficient v(2) in a Fourier expansion of the D-meson azimuthal distribution and in terms of the nuclear modification factor R-AA, measured in the direction of the reaction plane and orthogonal to it. The v(2) coefficient was measured with three different methods and in three centrality classes in the interval 0%-50%. A positive v(2) is observed in midcentral collisions (30%-50% centrality class), with a mean value of 0.204(-0.036)(+0.099) (tot.unc.) in the interval 2 LT pT LT 6 GeV/c, which decreases towards more central collisions (10%...-30% and 0%-10% classes). The positive v(2) is also reflected in the nuclear modification factor, which shows a stronger suppression in the direction orthogonal to the reaction plane formidcentral collisions. The measurements are compared to theoretical calculations of charm-quark transport and energy loss in high-density strongly interacting matter at high temperature. The models that include substantial elastic interactions with an expanding medium provide a good description of the observed anisotropy. However, they are challenged to simultaneously describe the strong suppression of high-pT yield of D mesons in central collisions and their azimuthal anisotropy in noncentral collisions.
Извор:Physical Review C, 2014, 90, 3
- Grid centers and the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) collaboration, ALICE detector: State Committee of Science, World Federation of Scientists (WFS), Swiss Fonds Kidagan, de Estudos e Projetos (FINEP), Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo (FAPESP), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Chinese Ministry of Education (CMOE), Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MSTC), Ministry of Education and Youth of the Czech Republic, Danish Natural Science Research Council, Carlsberg Foundation, Danish National Research Foundation, European Research Council under the European Communitys Seventh Framework Programme, Helsinki Institute of Physics, Academy of Finland, Region Pays de Loire [CNRS-IN2P3], Region Alsace, Region Auvergne, CEA, France, German BMBF and the Helmholtz Association, General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministry of Development, Greece, Hungarian OTKA and National Office for Research and Technology (NKTH), Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Centro Fermi-Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi, Italy, MEXT, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), CONACYT, DGAPA, Mexico, ALFA-EC and the EPLANET Program (European Particle Physics Latin American Network), Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie (FOM), Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), Netherlands, Research Council of Norway (NFR), Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and National Science Centre, Poland, Ministry of National Education/Institute for Atomic Physics, CNCS-UEFISCDI, Romania, Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federal Agency of Atomic Energy, Russian Federal Agency for Science and Innovations, Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Ministry of Education of Slovakia, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa, CIEMAT, EELA, Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO) of Spain, Xunta de Galicia (Conselleria de Educaci on), CEADEN, Cubaenergia, Cuba, IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), Swedish Research Council, Knut AMP, Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW), Ukraine Ministry of Education and Science, United Kingdom Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United States Department of Energy, the United States National Science Foundation, State of Texas, State of Ohio
ISSN: 2469-9985 (print); 2469-9993 (electronic)