Measurement of Long-Range Pseudorapidity Correlations and Azimuthal Harmonics in √sNN = 5.02 TeV Proton-Lead Collisions with the ATLAS Detector


Measurements of two-particle correlation functions and the first five azimuthal harmonics, v₁ to v₅, are presented, using 28 nb⁻¹ of p + Pb collisions at a nucleon-nucleon center-of-mass energy of √sNN = 5.02 TeV measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Significant long-range "ridgelike" correlations are observed for pairs with small relative azimuthal angle (|Δϕ| < π/3) back-to-back pairs (|Δϕ| > )π/3) over the transverse momentum range 0.4 < pT < 12 GeV and in different intervals of event activity. The event activity is defined by either the number of reconstructed tracks or the total transverse energy on the Pb-fragmentation side. The azimuthal structure of such long-range correlations is Fourier decomposed to obtain the harmonics vn as a function of pT and event activity. The extracted vn values for n=2 to 5 decrease with n. The v₂ and v₃ values are found to be positive in the measured pT range. The v₁ is also measured as a function of pT and is observed to change sign around pT ≈ 1.5–2.0 GeV and then increase to about 0.1 for pT > 4 GeV. The v₂(pT), v₃(pT), and v₄(pT) are compared to the vn coefficients in Pb+Pb collisions at √sNN = 2.76 TeV with similar event multiplicities. Reasonable agreement is observed after accounting for the difference in the average pT of particles produced in the two collision systems.



Proton-lead interactions, Lead-lead interactions, Event activities, Fourier series


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