Neutron-skin effect in direct-photon and charged-hadron production in Pb+Pb collisions at the LHC
Helenius, I., Paukkunen, H., & Eskola, K. (2017). Neutron-skin effect in direct-photon and charged-hadron production in Pb+Pb collisions at the LHC. European Physical Journal C, 77(3), Article 148. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-4709-9
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A well-established observation in nuclear physics is that in neutron-rich spherical nuclei the distribution of neutrons extends farther than the distribution of protons. In this work, we scrutinize the influence of this so called neutron-skin effect on the centrality dependence of high-pT direct-photon and charged-hadron production. We find that due to the estimated spatial dependence of the nuclear parton distribution functions, it will be demanding to unambiguously expose the neutron-skin effect with direct photons. However, when taking a ratio between the cross sections for negatively and positively charged high-pT hadrons, even centrality-dependent nuclear-PDF effects cancel, making this observable a better handle on the neutron skin. Up to 10% effects can be expected for the most peripheral collisions in the measurable region.
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingI. H. has been supported by the MCnetITN FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network, Contract PITN-GA-2012-315877 and has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement No. 668679). This research was supported by the European Research Council Grant HotLHC ERC-2011-StG-279579 and by Xunta de Galicia (Conselleria de Educacion)–H. P. is part of the Strategic Unit AGRUP2015/11, and by the Academy of Finland, Project 297058 of K.J.E. ...
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