Flow Dominance and Factorization of Transverse Momentum Correlations in Pb-Pb Collisions at the LHC
ALICE Collaboration. (2017). Flow Dominance and Factorization of Transverse Momentum Correlations in Pb-Pb Collisions at the LHC. Physical Review Letters, 118 (16), 162302. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.162302
Published inPhysical Review Letters
Rak, Jan |
© 2017 CERN, for the ALICE Collaboration. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
We present the first measurement of the two-particle transverse momentum differential correlation function, P2 ≡ hΔpTΔpTi=hpTi2, in Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN p ¼ 2.76 TeV. Results for P2 are reported as a function of the relative pseudorapidity (Δη) and azimuthal angle (Δφ) between two particles for different collision centralities. The Δϕ dependence is found to be largely independent of Δη for jΔηj ≥ 0.9. In the 5% most central Pb-Pb collisions, the two-particle transverse momentum correlation function exhibits a clear double-hump structure around Δφ ¼ π (i.e., on the away side), which is not observed in number correlations in the same centrality range, and thus provides an indication of the dominance of triangular flow in this collision centrality. Fourier decompositions of P2, studied as a function of the collision centrality, show that correlations at jΔηj ≥ 0.9 can be well reproduced by a flow ansatz based on the notion that measured transverse momentum correlations are strictly determined by the collective motion of the system. ...