Measurement of long-range pseudorapidity correlations and azimuthal harmonics in √sNN =5.02 TeV proton-lead collisions with the ATLAS detector

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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 (|Δϕ|<π/3) and back-to-back pairs (|Δφ|>2π/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 νn as a function of pT and event activity. The extracted νn values for n=2 to 5 decrease with n. The ν2 and ν3 values are found to be positive in the measured pT range. The ν1 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 ν2 (pT), ν3 (pT), and ν4 (pT) are compared to the νn 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044906
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 9 2014


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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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