Nuclear effects on hadron production in d+Au collisions at sNN=200 GeV revealed by comparison with p+p data
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Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics, ISSN: 1089-490X, Vol: 74, Issue: 2, Page: 24904
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- https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/physastro_pubs/348; http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.74.024904; http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/127017; http://arxiv.org/abs/nucl-ex/0603010
- Physics and Astronomy; LARGE TRANSVERSE-MOMENTUM; ROOT-S=200 GEV; BARYON NUMBER; ENERGY; PROTON; QCD; Physics; Nuclear Experiment
PHENIX has measured the centrality dependence of midrapidity pion, kaon, and proton transverse momentum distributions in d+Au and p+p collisions at sNN=200 GeV. The p+p data provide a reference for nuclear effects in d+Au and previously measured Au+Au collisions. Hadron production is enhanced in d+Au, relative to independent nucleon-nucleon scattering, as was observed in lower energy collisions. The nuclear modification factor for (anti)protons is larger than that for pions. The difference increases with centrality but is not sufficient to account for the abundance of baryon production observed in central Au+Au collisions at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The centrality dependence in d+Au shows that the nuclear modification factor increases gradually with the number of collisions encountered by each participant nucleon. We also present comparisons with lower energy data as well as with parton recombination and other theoretical models of nuclear effects on particle production. © 2006 The American Physical Society.