Inclusive heavy-flavour production at central and forward rapidity in Xe-Xe collisions at sNN=5.44 TeV

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The first measurements of the production of muons and electrons from heavy-flavour hadron decays in Xe–Xe collisions at TeV, using the ALICE detector at the LHC, are reported. The measurement of the nuclear modification factor is performed as a function of transverse momentum in several centrality classes at forward rapidity () and midrapidity () for muons and electrons from heavy-flavour hadron decays, respectively. A suppression by a factor up to about 2.5 compared to the binary-scaled pp reference is observed in central collisions at both central and forward rapidities. The of muons from heavy-flavour hadron decays is compared to previous measurements in Pb–Pb collisions at TeV. When the nuclear modification factors are compared in the centrality classes 0–10% for Xe–Xe collisions and 10–20% for Pb–Pb collisions, which have similar charged-particle multiplicity density, a similar suppression, with in the interval GeV/c, is observed. The comparison of the measured values in the two collision systems brings new insights on the properties of the quark-gluon plasma by investigating the system-size and geometry dependence of medium-induced parton energy loss. The results of muons and electrons from heavy-flavour hadron decays provide new constraints to model calculations.
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PublicaciónPhysics Letters B
EstadoPublicada - 10 ago. 2021
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