Nuclear Modification of Electron Spectra and Implications for Heavy Quark Energy Loss in Au+Au Collisions at √(sNN)=200 GeV
The PHENIX experiment has measured midrapidity (|η|<0.35) transverse momentum spectra (0.4<pT<5.0GeV/c) of electrons as a function of centrality in Au+Au collisions at sNN=200GeV. Contributions from photon conversions and from light hadron decays, mainly Dalitz decays of π0 and η mesons, were removed. The resulting nonphotonic electron spectra are primarily due to the semileptonic decays of hadrons carrying heavy quarks. Nuclear modification factors were determined by comparison to nonphotonic electrons in p+p collisions. A significant suppression of electrons at high pT is observed in central Au+Au collisions, indicating substantial energy loss of heavy quarks.
Physical Review Letters
- Pub Date:
- January 2006
- Particle and resonance production;
- Nuclear Experiment
- 330 authors, 6 pages text, 3 figures. Submitted to Phys. Rev. Lett. 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