Measurements of the dielectron continuum in pp, p-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions with ALICE at the LHC
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Dielectrons produced in ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions provide a unique probe of the whole system evolution as they are unperturbed by final-state interactions. The dielectron continuum is extremely rich in physics sources: thermal radiation is of particular interest as it carries information about the temperature of the hot and dense system created in such collisions. The dielectron invariant mass distribution is sensitive to medium modifications of the spectral function of vector mesons that are linked to the potential restoration of chiral symmetry. Correlated electron pairs from semi-leptonic charm and beauty decays provide information about the heavy-quark energy loss.
CitationAcharya S, Adam J, Adamová D, Adolfsson J, Aggarwal MM, Aglieri Rinella G, Agnello M, Agrawal N, Ahammed Z, Ahmad N, Ahn S, Alme J, Altenkaemper L, Arsene IC, Bätzing P, Djuvsland Ø, Dordic O, Helstrup H, Hetland KF, Kileng B, Langøy R, Lardeux AX, Lien JA, Lindal S, Lønne P, Mahmood SM, Milosevic J, Nesbø SV, Nystrand J, Rehman AU, Richter M, Røed K, Røhrich D, Skaali TB, Tambave GJ, Tveter TS, Ullaland K, Velure A, Wagner B, Wikne JC, Zhang H, Zhao C, Zhou Z, Zhu H, Qvigstad H, Aiola S, Akindinov A, Alam SN, Alba JLB, De Albuquerque DS, Aleksandrov D, Allesandro B, ALICE C. Measurements of the dielectron continuum in pp, p-Pb and Pb-Pb collisions with ALICE at the LHC. Nuclear Physics A. 2017;967:684-687
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