Charged particle production with respect to the Reaction Plane in Pb-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_NN}$= 2.76 TeV

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Poster Global and collective dynamics


Dr Dong Jo Kim (University of Jyväskylä)


The centrality dependence of nuclear modification factor($R_{AA}$) carries information about the path-length variation of partonic energy loss. However, the inclusive $R_{AA}$ for a given centrality emerges by averaging over different path lengths as the overlap zone of two colliding nuclei has typically a nearly elliptical shape in the transverse plane. The partons traversing the medium in the in-plane direction are expected to lose less energy than out-of-plane, because they, on the average, have shorter path length inside the medium. In this sense, azimuthal dependence of $R_{AA}$ w.r.t. reaction plane offers to get a tighter constraint on the actual path length traversed by the parton in medium. Recently we published a paper on the charged particle $R_{AA}$[1], showing that the similar suppression as RHIC energy is observed, and moreover a rising trend for increasing $p_{T}$. Another interesting observation is the similarity of $p_{T}$-differential elliptic flow at low $p_{T}$ between at RHIC and the LHC [2]. Since then, we have extended the $p_{T}$ reach for $R_{AA}$ with better precision and elliptic flow measurement up to 20 $GeV/c$ with event plane, which allows us to study the path-length dependence of partonic energy loss with larger kinematic domain. We present the latest ALICE results from Pb-Pb collisions at $sqrt{s_{NN}$=2.76TeV on charged particle yields with respect to reaction plane angle as a function of centrality and transverse momentum. These results allow for a detailed examination of the influence of geometry in the collision region and of the interplay between collective flow and jet-quenching effects. [1] ALICE, K. Aamodt et al., Phys. Lett. B696, 30 (2011), 1012.1004. [2] ALICE Collaboration, K. Aamodt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 252301 (2010).

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Dr Dong Jo Kim (University of Jyväskylä)

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