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

Direct photon measurements in pp and Pb-Pb collisions with ALICE

7 Feb 2017, 10:40
Regency C

Regency C


Marie Germain (Subatech, IN2P3-CNRS (FR))


Direct photon measurement in heavy-ion collisions provides a valuable set of observables to study the hot QCD medium since these photons are
produced at different stages of the collision and escape the medium unaffected. In pp collisions,
the direct photon yield at high transverse momentum ($p_T$) are produced in hard scattering (prompt photons),
but also in the fragmentation of high $p_T$ partons. Their measurement provides a direct test of pQCD and can constrain the parton distribution functions.
The access to the prompt photon production can be achieved experimentally with isolation techniques.

In heavy-ion collisions, the high $p_T$ component provides information on the initial parton dynamics and nuclear parton densities in nuclei, whereas
the low momentum component (below $p_T <$5 GeV/c) of the direct photon production is dominated by thermal radiation from the hot and dense matter created,
carrying information on its space-time evolution, collective flow and temperature.

In this talk, we will present ALICE results of direct photon production in pp reactions at $\sqrt{s}$=7 TeV using isolation techniques.
The measurement of the direct photon flow in Pb-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$=2.76 TeV will also be presented.
The results will be discussed and compared to theoretical predictions and earlier measurements.

Collaboration ALICE
Preferred Track Electromagnetic Probes

Primary author

Marie Germain (Subatech, IN2P3-CNRS (FR))

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