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Charged-particle nuclear modification factors in XeXe collisions at $\sqrt{{^s}NN} = 5.44$ TeV


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The differential yields of charged particles having pseudorapidity within |η| < 1 are measured using xenon-xenon (XeXe) collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\mathrm{NN}}} = 5.44 TeV$. The data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3.42 μb$^~{−1}$, were collected in 2017 by the CMS experiment at the LHC. The yields are reported as functions of collision centrality and transverse momentum, $p_T$, from 0.5 to 100 GeV. A previously reported $p_T$ spectrum from proton-proton collisions at s√=5.02 TeV is used for comparison after correcting for the difference in center-of-mass energy. The nuclear modification factors using this reference, $R_AA *$ , are constructed and compared to previous measurements and theoretical predictions. In head-on collisions, the $R_ AA *$ has a value of 0.17 in the $p_T$ range of 6–8 GeV, but increases to approximately 0.7 at 100 GeV. Above ≈6 GeV, the XeXe data show a notably smaller suppression than previous results for lead-lead (PbPb) collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\mathrm{NN}}} = 5.44 TeV$ when compared at the same centrality (i.e., the same fraction of total cross section). However, the XeXe suppression is slightly greater than that for PbPb in events having a similar number of participating nucleons.

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The differential yields of charged particles having pseudorapidity within |η| < 1 are measured using xenon-xenon (XeXe) collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\mathrm{NN}}} = 5.44 TeV$. The data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3.42 μb$^~{−1}$, were collected in 2017 by the CMS experiment at the LHC. The yields are reported as functions of collision centrality and transverse momentum, $p_T$, from 0.5 to 100 GeV. A previously reported $p_T$ spectrum from proton-proton collisions at s√=5.02 TeV is used for comparison after correcting for the difference in center-of-mass energy. The nuclear modification factors using this reference, $R_AA *$ , are constructed and compared to previous measurements and theoretical predictions. In head-on collisions, the $R_ AA *$ has a value of 0.17 in the $p_T$ range of 6–8 GeV, but increases to approximately 0.7 at 100 GeV. Above ≈6 GeV, the XeXe data show a notably smaller suppression than previous results for lead-lead (PbPb) collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\mathrm{NN}}} = 5.44 TeV$ when compared at the same centrality (i.e., the same fraction of total cross section). However, the XeXe suppression is slightly greater than that for PbPb in events having a similar number of participating nucleons.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:15 Feb 2019 10:50
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:59
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1029-8479
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP10(2018)138

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