NA60 results on pT spectra and the ρ spectral function in In-In collisions

J. Seixas, R. Arnaldi, R. Averbeck, K. Banicz, J. Castor, B. Chaurand, C. Cicalò, A. Colla, P. Cortese, S. Damjanovic, A. David, A. De Falco, A. Devaux, A. Drees, L. Ducroux, H. En'Yo, A. Ferretti, M. Floris, A. Förster, P. ForceN. Guettet, A. Guichard, H. Gulkanian, M. Keil, L. Kluberg, C. Lourenço, J. Lozano, F. Manso, A. Masoni, P. Martins, A. Neves, H. Ohnishi, C. Oppedisano, P. Parracho, P. Pillot, G. Puddu, E. Radermacher, P. Ramalhete, P. Rosinsky, E. Scomparin, S. Serci, R. Shahoyan, P. Sonderegger, H. J. Specht, R. Tieulent, G. Usai, R. Veenhof, H. K. Wöhri

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Abstract

The NA60 experiment at the CERN SPS has studied low-mass muon pairs in 158 AGeV In-In collisions. A strong excess of pairs is observed above the yield expected from neutral meson decays. The unprecedented sample size of close to 400K events and the good mass resolution of about 2% have made it possible to isolate the excess by subtraction of the decay sources (keeping the ρ). The shape of the resulting mass spectrum exhibits considerable broadening, but essentially no shift in mass. The acceptance-corrected transverse-momentum spectra have a shape atypical for radial flow and show a significant mass dependence, pointing to different sources in different mass regions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS148
Pages (from-to)S1023-S1027
JournalJournal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Volume34
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Aug 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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