J/ψ production in indium-indium collisions at 158GeV/nucleon

R. Arnaldi, K. Banicz, J. Castor, B. Chaurand, C. Cicalò, A. Colla, P. Cortese, S. Damjanovic, A. David, A. De Falco, A. Devaux, L. Ducroux, H. En'Yo, J. Fargeix, A. Ferretti, M. Floris, A. Förster, P. Force, N. Guettet, A. GuichardH. Gulkanian, J. M. Heuser, M. Keil, L. Kluberg, C. Lourenço, J. Lozano, F. Manso, P. Martins, A. Masoni, A. Neves, H. Ohnishi, C. Oppedisano, P. Parracho, P. Pillot, T. Poghosyan, G. Puddu, E. Radermacher, P. Ramalhete, P. Rosinsky, E. Scomparin, J. Seixas, S. Serci, R. Shahoyan, P. Sonderegger, H. J. Specht, R. Tieulent, G. Usai, R. Veenhof, H. K. Wöhri

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The NA60 experiment studies muon pair production at the CERN Super Proton Synchrotron. In this Letter we report on a precision measurement of J/ψ in In-In collisions. We have studied the J/ψ centrality distribution, and we have compared it with the one expected if absorption in cold nuclear matter were the only active suppression mechanism. For collisions involving more than ∼80 participant nucleons, we find that an extra suppression is present. This result is in qualitative agreement with previous Pb-Pb measurements by the NA50 experiment, but no theoretical explanation is presently able to coherently describe both results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number132302
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep 26
Externally publishedYes

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