Study of $J/\psi$ production and cold nuclear matter effects in $pPb$ collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}} = 5$ TeV
JHEP 1402 (2014) 072, 2014.
The LHCb collaboration

Abstract (data abstract)
CERN-LHC. The production of J/psi mesons with rapidity 1.5 < y < 4.0 or -5.0 < y < -2.5 and transverse momentum p_T < 14 GeV/c is studied with the LHCb detector in proton-lead collisions at a nucleon-nucleon centre-of-mass energy sqrt(s_NN)=5 TeV. The analysis is based on a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of about 1.6 nb^-1. For the first time the nuclear modification factor and forward-backward production ratio are determined separately for prompt J/psi mesons and J/psi from b-hadron decays. Clear suppression of prompt J/psi production with respect to proton-proton collisions at large rapidity is observed, while the production of J/psi from b-hadron decays is less suppressed. These results show good agreement with available theoretical predictions. The measurement shows that cold nuclear matter effects are important for interpretations of the related quark-gluon plasma signatures in heavy-ion collisions.

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