Measurement of electrons from beauty-hadron decays in p-Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV and Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN = 2.76 TeV

Adam, J. and Antičić, Tome and Erhardt, Filip and Gotovac, Sven and Mudnić, Eugen and Planinić, Mirko and Poljak, Nikola and Simatović, Goran and Utrobičić, Antonija and Vicković, Linda and Zmeskal, J. (ALICE Collaboration) (2017) Measurement of electrons from beauty-hadron decays in p-Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV and Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN = 2.76 TeV. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2017 (7). Art.No.52-40. ISSN 1029-8479

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The production of beauty hadrons was measured via semi-leptonic decays at mid-rapidity with the ALICE detector at the LHC in the transverse momentum interval 1 < pT < 8 GeV/c in minimum-bias p-Pb collisions at √ sNN = 5.02 TeV and in 1.3 < pT < 8 GeV/c in the 20% most central Pb-Pb collisions at √ sNN = 2.76 TeV. The pp reference spectra at √ s = 5.02 TeV and √ s = 2.76 TeV, needed for the calculation of the nuclear modification factors RpPb and RPbPb, were obtained by a pQCD-driven scaling of the cross section of electrons from beauty-hadron decays measured at √ s = 7 TeV. In the pT interval 3 < pT < 8 GeV/c, a suppression of the yield of electrons from beauty-hadron decays is observed in Pb-Pb compared to pp collisions. Towards lower pT, the RPbPb values increase with large systematic uncertainties. The RpPb is consistent with unity within systematic uncertainties and is well described by theoretical calculations that include cold nuclear matter effects in p-Pb collisions. The measured RpPb and these calculations indicate that cold nuclear matter effects are small at high transverse momentum also in Pb-Pb collisions. Therefore, the observed reduction of RPbPb below unity at high pT may be ascribed to an effect of the hot and dense medium formed in Pb-Pb collisions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: heavy ion experiments
Date: 2017
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Additional Information: Open Access, Copyright CERN, for the benefit of the ALICE Collaboration. Article funded by SCOAP3. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits any use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited. Received: September 27, 2016. Revised: May 8, 2017. Accepted: June 17, 2017. Published: July 11, 2017.
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Publisher: Springer
Depositing User: Gordana Stubičan Ladešić
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 20:14
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 20:14

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