The first measurement of direct photons in Au+Au collisions at √(sNN)=200 GeV is presented. The direct photon signal is extracted as a function of the Au+Au collision centrality and compared to next-to-leading order perturbative quantum chromodynamics calculations. The direct photon yield is shown to scale with the number of nucleon-nucleon collisions for all centralities.
Physical Review Letters
- Pub Date:
- June 2005
- Particle and resonance production;
- Nuclear Experiment
- 329 authors, 6 pages text, 3 figures, 1 Table. Submitted to PRL. Plain text data tables for the points plotted in figures for this and previous PHENIX publications are (or will be) publicly available at http://www.phenix.bnl.gov/papers.html