5-11 February 2017
Hyatt Regency Chicago
America/Chicago timezone

Measurement of neutral mesons in Pb-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\text{NN}}}=5.02\,\text{TeV}$ with PCM in ALICE

Not scheduled
2h 30m
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60601
Board: E18


Meike Charlotte Danisch (Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg (DE))


Neutral mesons can provide important information on the energy loss of partons traversing the hot and dense state of matter, which is created in high energy heavy-ion collisions.
Furthermore, they constitute the largest background contribution for direct photons, which are also a very important tool to study the properties of the Quark Gluon Plasma.
In the ALICE experiment, neutral mesons can be measured via their decay to two photons.
Apart from the two calorimeters EMCal and PHOS, photons can be reconstructed also via the Photon Conversion Method (PCM).
The latter exploits the fact that a photon can convert to an electron-positron pair.
These charged particles can be detected via their tracks in the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) and the Inner Tracking System (ITS).
The PCM allows the measurement of both photons and neutral mesons, carrying low transverse momenta (down to $p_{\text{T}} \approx 1\,\text{GeV}$), with very good energy resolution.
Apart from presenting the performance of the photon conversion method, first results on the $\pi^{0}$ and $\eta$ meson production in Pb-Pb collisions
with a center-of-mass collision energy per nucleon of $\sqrt{s_{\text{NN}}}=5.02\,\text{TeV}$ will be shown.

Collaboration ALICE
Preferred Track Electromagnetic Probes

Primary author

Meike Charlotte Danisch (Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg (DE))

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