Centrality dependence of high-pT D meson suppression in Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN = 2.76 TeV
Published inJournal of High Energy Physics
Rak, Jan |
© 2015 CERN for the benefit of the ALICE Collaboration. This is an open access article funded by SCOAP3.
The nuclear modification factor, RAA, of the prompt charmed mesons D0 , D+ and D∗+, and their antiparticles, was measured with the ALICE detector in Pb-Pb collisions at a centre-of-mass energy √ sNN = 2.76 TeV in two transverse momentum intervals, 5 < pT < 8 GeV/c and 8 < pT < 16 GeV/c, and in six collision centrality classes. The RAA shows a maximum suppression of a factor of 5–6 in the 10% most central collisions. The suppression and its centrality dependence are compatible within uncertainties with those of charged pions. A comparison with the RAA of non-prompt J/ψ from B meson decays, measured by the CMS Collaboration, hints at a larger suppression of D mesons in the most central collisions.