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Jun 24 – 28, 2019
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5th International Conference on the Initial Stages in High-Energy Nuclear Collisions

Measurement of open heavy-flavour hadron production in pp, p-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions with ALICE

Jun 25, 2019, 3:20 PM
329 (Pupin)



Oral nPDF, cold matter effects Parallel: nPDF/CNM


Mattia Faggin


Heavy quarks (charm and beauty) are effective probes to test perturbative QCD-based calculations in pp collisions and to study cold nuclear matter (CNM) effects such as gluon saturation, shadowing, $k_{\rm T}$ broadening and energy loss in CNM in p-Pb collisions.

With the ALICE detectors, open heavy flavours are measured via the full reconstruction of hadronic decays of non-strange D mesons, ${\rm D}_{\rm s}^{+}$ mesons and $\Lambda_{\rm c}^{+}$ baryons, and the semi-electronic decay channels of electrons from open charm and open beauty hadron decays and $\Xi_{\rm c}^{0}$ at mid-rapidity and, via the semi-muonic decays at forward rapidity. The measurements of $\Lambda_{\rm c}^{+}$ and $\Xi_{\rm c}^{0}$ production can shed light on charm hadronisation mechanisms in the absence of the hot and dense QCD medium. The comparisons of charmed baryon-to-meson ratios with models tuned to $e^{+}e^{-}$ collisions allow us to examine the possible contributions of charm quark recombination or coalescence, which may be more prevalent at large charged-particle multiplicities, and to potentially disentangle these effects from pure vacuum fragmentation. Recent observations in pp and p-Pb collisions showed remarkable similarities with Pb-Pb collisions, which might suggest the presence of collectivity. To further explore the origin the collective-like effects observed in pp and p-Pb collisions, the study of open heavy-flavour production as a function of the charged-particle multiplicity naturally links soft and hard processes that occur in the collision and allows one to study their interplay.

In this contribution, the production cross sections of D mesons and open heavy-flavour decay electrons measured at mid-rapidity, and open heavy-flavour decay muons measured at forward rapidity in pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}=5.02$ TeV with ALICE detector will be presented. The latest ALICE results on $\Lambda_{\rm c}^{+}$ and $\Xi_{\rm c}^{0}$ production and $\Lambda_{\rm c}^{+}/{\rm D}^{0}$ ratio in pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}=7$ TeV and in p-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\rm NN}}=5.02$ TeV, and $\Xi_{\rm c}^{0}/{\rm D}^{0}$ ratio in pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}=7$ TeV and their comparison to model calculations and to equivalent results from the light-flavour sector will the discussed. The results of beauty production using beauty-decay electrons and non-prompt D mesons in pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}=5.02$ TeV and the self-normalized yield of open heavy-flavour decay electrons and muons as a function of multiplicity in pp and p-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\rm NN}}=5.02$ TeV will be presented. Finally, the nuclear modification factor ($Q_{\rm pPb}$) of D mesons in p-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\rm NN}}=5.02$ TeV and the comparison of the experimental results with theoretical models will be discussed as well.

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