Measurement of Inclusive Jet Charged-Particle Fragmentation Functions in pb + pb Collisions at √{S_{NN}} = 2.76 TeV with the ATLAS Detector


Measurements of charged-particle fragmentation functions of jets produced in ultra-relativistic nuclear collisions can provide insight into the modification of parton showers in the hot, dense medium created in the collisions. ATLAS has measured jets in √{S_{NN}} = 2.76 TeV Pb+Pb collisions at the LHC using a data set recorded in 2011 with an integrated luminosity of 0.14 nb⁻¹. Jets were reconstructed using the anti-k_t algorithm with distance parameter values R = 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4. Distributions of charged-particle transverse momentum and longitudinal momentum fraction are reported for seven bins in collision centrality for R = 0.4 jets with p_T^{jet} > 100 GeV. Commensurate minimum p_T values are used for the other radii. Ratios of fragment distributions in each centrality bin to those measured in the most peripheral bin are presented. These ratios show a reduction of fragment yield in central collisions relative to peripheral collisions at intermediate z values, 0.04 ≲ z ≲ 0.2, and an enhancement in fragment yield for z less than or similar to 0.04. A smaller, less significant enhancement is observed at large z and large p_T in central collisions.



Lead-lead interactions, Jets (Nuclear physics), Momentum (Physics), Large Hadron Collider (France and Switzerland), Particles (Nuclear physics)


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