Centrality dependence of the nuclear modification factor of charged pions, kaons, and protons in Pb-Pb collisions at s NN =2.76 TeV

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Transverse momentum (pT) spectra of pions, kaons, and protons up to pT=20GeV/c have been measured in Pb-Pb collisions at sNN=2.76TeV using the ALICE detector for six different centrality classes covering 0%-80%. The proton-to-pion and the kaon-to-pion ratios both show a distinct peak at pT≈3GeV/c in central Pb-Pb collisions that decreases for more peripheral collisions. For pT>10GeV/c, the nuclear modification factor is found to be the same for all three particle species in each centrality interval within systematic uncertainties of 10%-20%. This suggests there is no direct interplay between the energy loss in the medium and the particle species composition in the hard core of the quenched jet. For pT<10GeV/c, the data provide important constraints for models aimed at describing the transition from soft to hard physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034913
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 25


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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