The inclusive production of the psi(2S) charmonium state was studied as a function of centrality in p-Pb collisions at the nucleon-nucleon center of mass energy √sNN = 5.02 TeV at the CERN LHC. The measurement was performed with the ALICE detector in the center of mass rapidity ranges -4.46<y_cms<-2.96 and 2.03<y_cms<3.53, down to zero transverse momentum, by reconstructing the psi(2S) decay to a muon pair. The psi(2S) production cross section sigma_psi(2S) is presented as a function of the collision centrality, which is estimated through the energy deposited in forward rapidity calorimeters. The relative strength of nuclear effects on the psi(2S) and on the corresponding 1S charmonium state J/psi is then studied by means of the double ratio of cross sections [sigma_psi(2S)/sigma_J/psi]_ pPb/[sigma_psi(2S)/sigma_J/psi]_pp between p-Pb and pp collisions, and by the values of the nuclear modification factors for the two charmonium states. The results show a large suppression of psi(2S) production relative to the J/psi at backward (negative) rapidity, corresponding to the flight direction of the Pb-nucleus, while at forward (positive) rapidity the suppressions of the two states are comparable. Finally, comparisons to results from lower energy experiments and to available theoretical models are presented.

Centrality dependence of ψ(2S) suppression in p-Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV

CAMERINI, Paolo;FRAGIACOMO, ENRICO;LEA, RAMONA;LUPARELLO, GRAZIA;MARGAGLIOTTI, GIACOMO;PIANO, STEFANO;RUI, RINALDO;ŠULJIĆ, MILJENKO;
2016

Abstract

The inclusive production of the psi(2S) charmonium state was studied as a function of centrality in p-Pb collisions at the nucleon-nucleon center of mass energy √sNN = 5.02 TeV at the CERN LHC. The measurement was performed with the ALICE detector in the center of mass rapidity ranges -4.46
http://arxiv.org/abs/1603.02816v2
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