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Nuclear modification factor of $D^0$ mesons in PbPb collisions at $\sqrt{^s{NN}}$ = 5.02 TeV


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The transverse momentum $(p_T)$ spectrum of prompt $D^0$ mesons and their antiparticles has been measured via the hadronic decay channels $D^0\rightarrow K^-\pi^+$ and in and PbPb collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 5.02 TeV per nucleon pair with the CMS detector at the LHC. The measurement is performed in the $D^0$ meson $p_T$ range of 2–100 GeV/ and in the rapidity range of $\left |y\right |<1 $. The pp (PbPb) dataset used for this analysis corresponds to an integrated luminosity of $27.4 pb^{−1} (530 μb^{−1})$. The measured$D^0$ meson $p_T$ spectrum in pp collisions is well described by perturbative QCD calculations. The nuclear modification factor, comparing $D^0$ meson yields in PbPb and pp collisions, was extracted for both minimum-bias and the 10% most central PbPb interactions. For central events, the $D^0$ meson yield in the PbPb collisions is suppressed by a factor of 5–6 compared to the pp reference in $p_T$ the range of 6–10 GeV/c. For $D^0$ mesons in the high $p_T$ range of 60–100 GeV/c, a significantly smaller suppression is observed. The results are also compared to theoretical calculations.

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The transverse momentum $(p_T)$ spectrum of prompt $D^0$ mesons and their antiparticles has been measured via the hadronic decay channels $D^0\rightarrow K^-\pi^+$ and in and PbPb collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 5.02 TeV per nucleon pair with the CMS detector at the LHC. The measurement is performed in the $D^0$ meson $p_T$ range of 2–100 GeV/ and in the rapidity range of $\left |y\right |<1 $. The pp (PbPb) dataset used for this analysis corresponds to an integrated luminosity of $27.4 pb^{−1} (530 μb^{−1})$. The measured$D^0$ meson $p_T$ spectrum in pp collisions is well described by perturbative QCD calculations. The nuclear modification factor, comparing $D^0$ meson yields in PbPb and pp collisions, was extracted for both minimum-bias and the 10% most central PbPb interactions. For central events, the $D^0$ meson yield in the PbPb collisions is suppressed by a factor of 5–6 compared to the pp reference in $p_T$ the range of 6–10 GeV/c. For $D^0$ mesons in the high $p_T$ range of 60–100 GeV/c, a significantly smaller suppression is observed. The results are also compared to theoretical calculations.

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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:06 Mar 2019 11:05
Last Modified:13 Oct 2019 05:54
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2018.05.074

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