Recent results from PHOBOS on particle production at high pT

B. Alver, B. B. Back, M. D. Baker, M. Ballintijn, D. S. Barton, R. R. Betts, A. A. Bickley, R. Bindel, W. Busza, A. Carroll, Z. Chai, V. Chetluru, M. P. Decowski, E. García, T. Gburek, N. George, K. Gulbrandsen, C. Halliwell, J. Hamblen, I. HarnarineM. Hauer, C. Henderson, D. J. Hofman, R. S. Hollis, R. Holyński, B. Holzman, A. Iordanova, E. Johnson, J. L. Kane, N. Khan, P. Kulinich, C. M. Kuo, W. Li, W. T. Lin, C. Loizides, S. Manly, A. C. Mignerey, R. Nouicer, A. Olszewski, R. Pak, C. Reed, E. Richardson, C. Roland, G. Roland, J. Sagerer, H. Seals, I. Sedykh, C. E. Smith, M. A. Stankiewicz, P. Steinberg, G. S.F. Stephans, A. Sukhanov, A. Szostak, M. B. Tonjes, A. Trzupek, C. Vale, G. J. Van Nieuwenhuizen, S. S. Vaurynovich, R. Verdier, G. I. Veres, P. Walters, E. Wenger, D. Willhelm, F. L.H. Wolfs, B. Wosiek, K. Woźniak, S. Wyngaardt, B. Wysłouch

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Abstract

A selection of experimental results from the PHOBOS Collaboration relevant for probing high-energy nuclear collisions with high transverse momentum particles is presented. The inclusive yields of charged particles and comparisons between nuclear and elementary collisions already reveal a large amount of parton energy loss in the hot and dense medium created in heavy ion collisions. Remarkable scaling and factorization features are observed, unifying the data taken at various collision energies, centralities and nuclear sizes. To further analyze the nature of the energy loss, a measurement of pseudorapidity (Δη) and azimuthal angle (Δφ) correlations between high transverse momentum charged hadrons (p T >2.5 GeV/c) and all associated charged particles is presented at both short-range (small Δη) and long-range (large Δη) over a continuous detector acceptance covering -4<Δη<2. Various near- and away-side features of the correlation structure are discussed as a function of centrality in Au+Au collisions at √sNN=200 GeV. The results provide new information about the longitudinal (Δη) extent of the near-side 'ridge' structure, first observed by the STAR Collaboration over a narrower η range. In central Au+Au collisions the ridge structure extends to at least Δη=4, and its strength completely diminishes as collisions become more peripheral.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-582
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

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