Multiplicity dependence of charged pion, kaon, and (anti)proton production at large transverse momentum in p–Pb collisions at View the MathML source

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The production of charged pions, kaons and (anti)protons has been measured at mid-rapidity (−0.5<y<0−0.5<y<0) in p–Pb collisions at View the MathML sourcesNN=5.02 TeV using the ALICE detector at the LHC. Exploiting particle identification capabilities at high transverse momentum (pTpT), the previously published pTpT spectra have been extended to include measurements up to 20 GeV/c for seven event multiplicity classes. The pTpT spectra for pp collisions at View the MathML sources=7 TeV, needed to interpolate a pp reference spectrum, have also been extended up to 20 GeV/c to measure the nuclear modification factor (RpPbRpPb) in non-single diffractive p–Pb collisions.At intermediate transverse momentum (2<pT<10 GeV/c2<pT<10 GeV/c) the proton-to-pion ratio increases with multiplicity in p–Pb collisions, a similar effect is not present in the kaon-to-pion ratio. The pTpT dependent structure of such increase is qualitatively similar to those observed in pp and heavy-ion collisions. At high pTpT (>10 GeV/c>10 GeV/c), the particle ratios are consistent with those reported for pp and Pb–Pb collisions at the LHC energies.At intermediate pTpT the (anti)proton RpPbRpPb shows a Cronin-like enhancement, while pions and kaons show little or no nuclear modification. At high pTpT the charged pion, kaon and (anti)proton RpPbRpPb are consistent with unity within statistical and systematic uncertainties.


  • Physics letters. B

    Physics letters. B (760), 720-735, 2016-09

    Elsevier B.V.



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