Centrality dependence of the charged-particle multiplicity density at midrapidity in Pb-Pb collisions at √ s N N = 5.02 TeV.
AffiliationUniversity of Birmingham
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AbstractThe pseudorapidity density of charged particles, d N ch / d η , at midrapidity in Pb-Pb collisions has been measured at a center-of-mass energy per nucleon pair of √ s N N = 5.02 TeV . For the 5% most central collisions, we measure a value of 1943 ± 54 . The rise in d N ch / d η as a function of √ s N N is steeper than that observed in proton-proton collisions and follows the trend established by measurements at lower energy. The increase of d N ch / d η as a function of the average number of participant nucleons, ⟨ N part ⟩ , calculated in a Glauber model, is compared with the previous measurement at √ s N N = 2.76 TeV . A constant factor of about 1.2 describes the increase in d N ch / d η from √ s N N = 2.76 to 5.02 TeV for all centrality classes, within the measured range of 0%–80% centrality. The results are also compared to models based on different mechanisms for particle production in nuclear collisions.
CitationAlice Collaboration (2016) 'Centrality dependence of the charged-particle multiplicity density at midrapidity in Pb-Pb collisions at √ s N N = 5.02 TeV.', Physical Review Letters, 116, 222302
JournalPhysical Review Letters