Multi-strange baryon production at mid-rapidity in Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN=2.76 TeV

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

Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, vol.728, pp.216-227, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The production of Ξ- and ω- baryons and their anti-particles in Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN = 2.76 TeV has been measured using the ALICE detector. The transverse momentum spectra at mid-rapidity (|y| < 0.5) for charged Ξ and ω hyperons have been studied in the range 0.6 < PT < 8.0 GeV/c and 1.2 < PT < 7.0 GeV/c, respectively, and in several centrality intervals (from the most central 0-10% to the most peripheral 60-80% collisions). These spectra have been compared with the predictions of recent hydrodynamic models. In particular, the Kraków and EPOS models give a satisfactory description of the data, with the latter covering a wider PT range. Mid-rapidity yields, integrated over PT, have been determined. The hyperon-to-pion ratios are similar to those at RHIC: they rise smoothly with centrality up to (Npart) ~ 150 and saturate thereafter. The enhancements (yields per participant nucleon relative to those in pp collisions) increase both with the strangeness content of the baryon and with centrality, but are less pronounced than at lower energies. © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.