Rapidity and transverse-momentum dependence of the inclusive J/ψ nuclear modification factor in p-Pb collisions at √ sNN = 5.02 TeV

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Abstract: We have studied the transverse-momentum (pT) dependence of the inclusive J/ψ production in p-Pb collisions at sNN$$ \sqrt{s_{\mathrm{NN}}} $$ = 5.02 TeV, in three center-of-mass rapidity (ycms) regions, down to zero pT. Results in the forward and backward rapidity ranges (2.03 < ycms< 3.53 and −4.46 < ycms< −2.96) are obtained by studying the J/ψ decay to μ+μ, while the mid-rapidity region (−1.37 < ycms< 0.43) is investigated by measuring the e+e decay channel. The pT dependence of the J/ψ production cross section and nuclear modification factor are presented for each of the rapidity intervals, as well as the J/ψ mean pT values. Forward and mid-rapidity results show a suppression of the J/ψ yield, with respect to pp collisions, which decreases with increasing pT. At backward rapidity no significant J/ψ suppression is observed. Theoretical models including a combination of cold nuclear matter effects such as shadowing and partonic energy loss, are in fair agreement with the data, except at forward rapidity and low transverse momentum. The implications of the p-Pb results for the evaluation of cold nuclear matter effects on J/ψ production in Pb-Pb collisions are also discussed.[Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number55
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 2015



  • Charm physics
  • Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • Heavy ions
  • Relativistic heavy ion physics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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