Inclusive photon production at forward rapidities in proton–proton collisions at √s = 0.9, 2.76 and 7 TeV

Abelev, B. and Planinić, Mirko and Poljak, Nikola and Simatović, Goran and Zyzak, M. (ALICE Collaboration) (2015) Inclusive photon production at forward rapidities in proton–proton collisions at √s = 0.9, 2.76 and 7 TeV. European Physical Journal C, 75 (1). Art. No. 146. ISSN 1434-6044

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The multiplicity and pseudorapidity distributions of inclusive photons have been measured at forward rapidities (2.3 <η< 3.9) in proton–proton collisions at three center-of-mass energies, √s = 0.9, 2.76 and 7 TeV using the ALICE detector. It is observed that the increase in the average photon multiplicity as a function of beam energy is compatible with both a logarithmic and a power-law dependence. The relative increase in average photon multiplicity produced in inelastic pp collisions at 2.76 and 7 TeV center-of-mass energies with respect to 0.9 TeV are 37.2 ± 0.3 % (stat) ± 8.8 % (sys) and 61.2 ± 0.3 % (stat) ± 7.6 % (sys), respectively. The photon multiplicity distributions for all center-of-mass energies are well described by negative binomial distributions. The multiplicity distributions are also presented in terms of KNO variables. The results are compared to model predictions, which are found in general to underestimate the data at large photon multiplicities, in particular at the highest center-of-mass energy. Limiting fragmentation behavior of photons has been explored with the data, but is not observed in the measured pseudorapidity range.

Item Type: Article
Date: 2015
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Additional Information: © CERN for the benefit of the ALICE collaboration 2015. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and the source are credited. Funded by SCOAP3. License Version CC BY 4.0. Received: 19 November 2014. Accepted: 11 March 2015. Pubished: 09 April 2015.
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Publisher: Springer
Depositing User: Nikola Poljak
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 17:52
Last Modified: 29 May 2016 19:42

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