Production of π0 and η mesons up to high transverse momentum in pp collisions at 2.76 TeV

S Acharya, D. Adamova, M.M Aggarwal, G Aglieri Rinella, M. Agnello, N Agrawal, Peter Christiansen, Martin Ljunggren, Anders Oskarsson, Tuva Richert, David Silvermyr, Evert Stenlund, Vytautas Vislavicius, ALICE Collaboration

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The invariant differential cross sections for inclusive π0 and η mesons at midrapidity were measured in pp collisions at s=2.76 TeV for transverse momenta 0.4 < pT< 40 GeV/c and 0.6 < pT< 20 GeV/c, respectively, using the ALICE detector. This large range in pT was achieved by combining various analysis techniques and different triggers involving the electromagnetic calorimeter (EMCal). In particular, a new single-cluster, shower-shape based method was developed for the identification of high-pT neutral pions, which exploits that the showers originating from their decay photons overlap in the EMCal. Above 4 GeV/c, the measured cross sections are found to exhibit a similar power-law behavior with an exponent of about 6.3. Next-to-leading-order perturbative QCD calculations differ from the measured cross sections by about 30% for the π0, and between 30–50% for the η meson, while generator-level simulations with PYTHIA 8.2 describe the data to better than 10–30%, except at pT< 1 GeV/c. The new data can therefore be used to further improve the theoretical description of π0 and η meson production. © 2017, CERN for the benefit of the ALICE collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Article number339
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Export Date: 3 July 2017

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