System-size dependence of open-heavy-flavor production in nucleus-nucleus collisions at √sNN =200 GeV
The PHENIX Collaboration at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider has measured open-heavy-flavor production in Cu +Cu collisions at √sNN =200 GeV through the measurement of electrons at midrapidity that originate from semileptonic decays of charm and bottom hadrons. In peripheral Cu +Cu collisions an enhanced production of electrons is observed relative to p +p collisions scaled by the number of binary collisions. In the transverse momentum range from 1 to 5 GeV/c the nuclear modification factor is RAA∼1.4. As the system size increases to more central Cu +Cu collisions, the enhancement gradually disappears and turns into a suppression. For pT>3 GeV/c, the suppression reaches RAA∼0.8 in the most central collisions. The pT and centrality dependence of RAA in Cu +Cu collisions agree quantitatively with RAA in d +Au and Au +Au collisions, if compared at a similar number of participating nucleons <Npart>.
Physical Review C
- Pub Date:
- September 2014
- Photon lepton and heavy quark production in relativistic heavy ion collisions;
- Nuclear Experiment
- 380 authors, 13 pages, 12 figures, 2 tables. Submitted to Phys. Rev. C. 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