$\pi^0$ production in $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$=200 GeV Cu+Au Collisions at PHENIX

20 May 2014, 16:30
2h
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darmstadtium

Board: E-04
Poster Jets Poster session

Speaker

Sarah Campbell (Iowa State University)

Description

Cu+Au collisions at RHIC generate asymmetric initial geometries and densities in both azimuth and rapidity. High $p_T$ $\pi^0$s produced in $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$ = 200 GeV Cu+Au collisions provide new environments to study parton energy loss in the Quark Gluon Plasma. including very central events where the Cu nucleus is enveloped by the Au nucleus. By measuring $\pi^0$ yields in $\phi$ relative to the reaction plane, we can probe different core-corona regions in these very central events and study the path length dependence of energy loss in various lopsided initial geometries. PHENIX has observed the suppression of $\pi^0$s with respect to reaction plane in $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$ = 200 GeV Au+Au collisions and found it consistent with a cubic path length dependence suggesting a non-perturbative energy loss model applies. The unique collision geometries available in Cu+Au provide new settings to explore and possibly confirm this path length dependence. The status of the Cu+Au $\pi^0$ analysis will be presented.
On behalf of collaboration: PHENIX

Primary author

Sarah Campbell (Iowa State University)

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