Measurement of Ds+ production and nuclear modification factor in Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN=2.76 TeV

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The production of prompt Ds+ mesons was measured for the first time in collisions of heavy nuclei with the ALICE detector at the LHC. The analysis was performed on a data sample of Pb-Pb collisions at a centre-of-mass energy per nucleon pair, √sNN, of 2.76 TeV in two different centrality classes, namely 0–10% and 20–50%. Ds+ mesons and their antiparticles were reconstructed at mid-rapidity from their hadronic decay channel Ds +  → ϕπ +, with ϕ → K−K+, in the transverse momentum intervals 4 < pT < 12GeV/c and 6 < pT < 12 GeV/c for the 0–10% and 20–50% centrality classes, respectively. The nuclear modification factor RAA was computed by comparing the pT-differential production yields in Pb-Pb collisions to those in proton-proton (pp) collisions at the same energy. This pp reference was obtained using the cross section measured at √s = 7 TeV and scaled to √s = 2.76 TeV. The RAA of Ds+ mesons was compared to that of non-strange D mesons in the 10% most central Pb-Pb collisions. At high pT (8 < pT < 12 GeV/c) a suppression of the Ds+-meson yield by a factor of about three, compatible within uncertainties with that of non-strange D mesons, is observed. At lower pT (4 < pT < 8 GeV/c) the values of the Ds+-meson RAA are larger than those of non-strange D mesons, although compatible within uncertainties. The production ratios Ds+ /D0 and Ds+ /D+ were also measured in Pb-Pb collisions and compared to their values in proton-proton collisions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number082
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2016


  • Hadron-Hadron scattering
  • Heavy ion Experiments
  • Quark gluon plasma


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