Centrality, rapidity and transverse momentum dependence of J/ψ suppression in Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN= 2.76TeV

Abelev B., Adam J., Adamová D., Aggarwal M., Aglieri Rinella G., Agnello M., ...More

Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, vol.734, pp.314-327, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The inclusive J/ψ nuclear modification factor (RAA) in Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN=2.76TeV has been measured by ALICE as a function of centrality in the e +e - decay channel at mid-rapidity (|y| < 0.8) and as a function of centrality, transverse momentum and rapidity in the μ +μ - decay channel at forward-rapidity (2.5 < y < 4). The J/ψ yields measured in Pb-Pb are suppressed compared to those in pp collisions scaled by the number of binary collisions. The RAA integrated over a centrality range corresponding to 90% of the inelastic Pb-Pb cross section is 0.72 ± 0.06(stat.) ± 0.10(syst.) at mid-rapidity and 0.58 ± 0.01(stat.) ± 0.09(syst.) at forward-rapidity. At low transverse momentum, significantly larger values of RAA are measured at forward-rapidity compared to measurements at lower energy. These features suggest that a contribution to the J/ψ yield originates from charm quark (re)combination in the deconfined partonic medium. © 2014 The Authors.