The PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider has measured φ meson production and its nuclear modification in asymmetric Cu+Au heavy-ion collisions at sNN=200 GeV at both forward Cu-going direction (1.2<y<2.2) and backward Au-going direction (-2.2<y<-1.2) rapidities. The measurements are performed via the dimuon decay channel and reported as a function of the number of participating nucleons, rapidity, and transverse momentum. In the most central events, 0%-20% centrality, the φ meson yield integrated over 1<pT<5 GeV/c prefers a smaller value, which means a larger nuclear modification, in the Cu-going direction compared to the Au-going direction. Additionally, the nuclear-modification factor in Cu+Au collisions averaged over all centrality is measured to be similar to the previous PHENIX result in d+Au collisions for these rapidities.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
National Science Fund, OTKA, Kroly Robert University College, and the Ch. Simonyi Fund (Hungary); Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology (India); Israel Science Foundation (Israel); Basic Science Research Program through NRF of the Ministry of Education (Korea); Physics Department, Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan); Ministry of Education and Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, Federal Agency of Atomic Energy (Russia); VR and Wallenberg Foundation (Sweden); the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation for the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, the Hungarian American Enterprise Scholarship Fund, and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics