17-24 July 2013
KTH and Stockholm University Campus
Europe/Stockholm timezone

Transverse momentum distribution of charged particles and identified hadrons in p--Pb collisions at the LHC with ALICE

18 Jul 2013, 12:12
E2 (KTH Campus)


KTH Campus

Talk presentation Ultrarelativistic Heavy Ions Ultrarelativistic Heavy Ions


Roberto Preghenella (Universita e INFN (IT))


Hadron production has been measured at mid-rapidity by the ALICE experiment at the LHC in proton-lead (p--Pb) collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\rm NN}}$ = 5.02 TeV. The transverse momentum ($p_{\rm T}$) distribution of primary charged particles and of identified light-flavoured hadrons ($\pi^{\pm}$, K$^{\pm}$, K$^{0}_{\rm S}$, p, $\bar{\rm p}$, $\Lambda$, $\bar{\Lambda}$) are presented in this report. Charged-particle tracks are reconstructed in the central barrel over a wide momentum range and furthermore they can be identified by exploiting specific energy loss (d$E$/d$x$), time-of-flight and topological particle-identification techniques. Particle-production yields, spectral shapes and particle ratios are measured in several centrality/multiplicity classes and are compared with results obtained in Pb--Pb collisions at the LHC. The measurement of charged-particle transverse momentum spectra and nuclear modification factor R$_{\rm pPb}$ indicates that the strong suppression of high-$p_{\rm T}$ hadrons observed in Pb--Pb collisions is not due to initial-state effects, but it is rather a fingerprint of jet quenching in hot QCD matter. The systematic study of the hadronic spectral shapes as a function of the particle mass and of particle ratios as a function of charged-particle density provides further insights into collective phenomena, as observed in Pb--Pb collisions. Similar features that could be present in high-multiplicity p--Pb collisions will also be discussed.

Primary author

Roberto Preghenella (Universita e INFN (IT))

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