Measurements of low mass dielectrons in Au+Au collisions with the HBD upgrade of the PHENIX detector

May 26, 2011, 4:00 PM
Salon Ravel AB (Imperial Palace)

Salon Ravel AB

Imperial Palace

Parallel Electromagnetic probes Electromagnetic probes


Mihael Makek (Weizmann Institute of Science)


Dileptons are valuable probes in the investigation of the hot and dense matter formed in heavy ion collisions, since they interact only electromagnetically and thus their path from the interaction region to the detectors is almost undisturbed. They can provide information about the matter properties in the early stages of the collisions where deconfinement and chiral symmetry restoration are expected to take place. However, the measurements of dileptons in heavy ion collisions are challenging due to the overwhelming yield of pi0 Dalitz decays and photon conversions, which produce a large combinatorial background especially in the low invariant mass region (m_ee<1 GeV/c^2). The PHENIX spectrometer has been upgraded with a Hadron Blind Detector (HBD) with the purpose of reducing the combinatorial background from the dielectron mass spectrum. The HBD is a windowless Cherenkov detector, operating with pure CF_4, using triple GEM elements with a CsI photocathode and pad readout. The HBD reduces the combinatorial background by exploiting the small opening angle of the pi0 Dalitz and conversion pairs. It was successfully operated during Run 9 and Run 10 at RHIC in the measurements of e+e- pairs in p+p collisions at sqrt(s)=200 GeV and in Au+Au collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 200 GeV, 62 GeV and 39 GeV. In this talk a full account of the HBD and present results of the dielectron analysis in Au+Au collisions at sqrt(s_NN)=200 GeV with improved signal to background ratio, will be presented.

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Mihael Makek (Weizmann Institute of Science)

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