J/ψ production in proton-nucleus collisions at 158 and 400 GeV

R. Arnaldi, K. Banicz, J. Castor, B. Chaurand, W. Chen, 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. GuettetA. Guichard, H. Gulkanian, J. M. Heuser, M. Keil, Z. Li, 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, A. Uras, G. Usai, R. Veenhof, H. K. Wöhri

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Abstract

The NA60 experiment has studied J/ψ production in p-A collisions at 158 and 400 GeV, at the CERN SPS. Nuclear effects on the J/ψ yield have been estimated from the A-dependence of the production cross section ratios ΣJ/ψA/ΣJ/ψBe (A=Al, Cu, In, W, Pb, U). We observe a significant nuclear suppression of the J/ψ yield per nucleon-nucleon collision, with a larger effect at lower incident energy, and we compare this result with previous observations by other fixed-target experiments. An attempt to disentangle the different contributions to the observed suppression has been carried out by studying the dependence of nuclear effects on x2, the fraction of the nucleon momentum carried by the interacting parton in the target nucleus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-267
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume706
Issue number4-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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