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

Probing collision dynamics of small system collisions via high $p_T$ hadrons and direct photons by the PHENIX experiment at RHIC

Jun 26, 2019, 2:40 PM
329 (Pupin)



Oral High pT probes of the initial state Parallel: High pT probes of the initial state


Takao Sakaguchi (BNL)


The recent finding of collective behavior of particles emitted in small system collisions calls for reexamination of such systems to determine whether or effects beyond the initial state nuclear effects play a significant role.

High $p_T$ hadrons from jets and direct photons have been powerful probes to explore the dynamics of the heavy ion collisions, since they are produced at the early stages of the collisions. While photons do not interact strongly and therefore escape the medium largely unmodified, the high $p_T$ hadrons originate from color charged objects that lose significant energy while traversing the medium. Taken together, these provide significant evidence in support of QGP formation in heavy ion collisions. Measurements of these two probes in small system collisions may provide insight to the dynamics of small collision systems and help assess their apparent similarity to heavy ion collisions.

PHENIX has measured mid to high $p_T$ hadrons over wide range of rapidity in $p$/$d$/$^3$He+A collisions. PHENIX also has measured direct photons in $p$/$d$+A collisions. In this talk, the latest results on the high $p_T$ hadrons and direct photons are presented and the possible additional effects explored by these probes will be discussed.

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