Measurement of azimuthal anisotropy of muons from charm and bottom hadrons in Pb+Pb collisions at sNN=5.02 TeV with the ATLAS detector

ATLAS Collaboration, G Aad, Torsten Åkesson, Simona Bocchetta, Lene Bryngemark, Eric Edward Corrigan, Caterina Doglioni, Jannik Geisen, Kristian Gregersen, Eva Brottmann Hansen, Vincent Hedberg, Göran Jarlskog, Edgar Kellermann, Balazs Konya, Else Lytken, Katja Mankinen, Caterina Marcon, Ulf Mjörnmark, Geoffrey André Adrien Mullier, Ruth PöttgenTrine Poulsen, Eleni Skorda, Oxana Smirnova, L Zwalinski

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Azimuthal anisotropies of muons from charm and bottom hadron decays are measured in Pb+Pb collisions at sNN=5.02TeV. The data were collected with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in 2015 and 2018 with integrated luminosities of 0.5nb−1 and 1.4nb−1, respectively. The kinematic selection for heavy-flavor muons requires transverse momentum 4<pT<30GeV and pseudorapidity |η|<2.0. The dominant sources of muons in this pT range are semi-leptonic decays of charm and bottom hadrons. These heavy-flavor muons are separated from light-hadron decay muons and punch-through hadrons using the momentum imbalance between the measurements in the tracking detector and in the muon spectrometers. Azimuthal anisotropies, quantified by flow coefficients, are measured via the event-plane method for inclusive heavy-flavor muons as a function of the muon pT and in intervals of Pb+Pb collision centrality. Heavy-flavor muons are separated into contributions from charm and bottom hadron decays using the muon transverse impact parameter with respect to the event primary vertex. Non-zero elliptic (v2) and triangular (v3) flow coefficients are extracted for charm and bottom muons, with the charm muon coefficients larger than those for bottom muons for all Pb+Pb collision centralities. The results indicate substantial modification to the charm and bottom quark angular distributions through interactions in the quark-gluon plasma produced in these Pb+Pb collisions, with smaller modifications for the bottom quarks as expected theoretically due to their larger mass. © 2020 The Author(s)
Originalspråkengelska
Artikelnummer135595
TidskriftPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volym807
DOI
StatusPublished - 2020

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