Evidence from d + Au measurements for final state suppression of high p(T) hadrons in Au+Au collisions at RHIC

The STAR collaboration
Phys.Rev.Lett. 91 (2003) 072304, 2003.

Abstract (data abstract)
We report measurements of single-particle inclusive spectra and two-particle azimuthal distributions of charged hadrons at high transverse momentum (high $p_{T}$ ) in minimum bias and central d+Au collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$ = 200 GeV. The inclusive yield is enhanced in d+Au collisions relative to binary-scaled p+p collisions, while the two-particle azimuthal distributions are very similar to those observed in p+p collisions. These results demonstrate that the strong suppression of the inclusive yield and back-to-back correlations at high $p_{T}$ previously observed in central Au+Au collisions are due to final-state interactions with the dense medium generated in such collisions.

  • Figure 1


    Uncorrected charged particle multiplicity distributions measured in −3.8 < $\eta$ < −2.8 (Au-direction) for d+Au collisions. Points are for minimum...

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    Inclusive $p_{T}$ distributions for minimum bias and central d+Au collisions, and non-singly diffractive p+p collisions. Hash marks at the top...

  • Figure 3


    $R_{AB}(p_{T})$ from Eq. 1 for minimum bias and central d+Au collisions, and central Au+Au collisions. The minimum bias d+Au data...

  • Figure 4a


    Efficiency corrected two-particle azimuthal distributions for minimum bias and central d+Au collisions, and for p+p collisions. Curves are fits using...

  • Figure 4b


    Comparison of two-particle azimuthal distributions for central d+Au collisions to those seen in p+p and central Au+Au collisions. The respective...

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