Measurement of the centrality dependence of the charged particle pseudorapidity distribution in lead-lead collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 2.76 TeV with the ATLAS detector

ATLAS Collaboration, Wahid Bhimji, Philip Clark, Robert Harrington, Victoria Martin

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Abstract

The ATLAS experiment at the LHC has measured the centrality dependence of charged particle pseudorapidity distributions over |eta| <2 in lead-lead collisions at a nucleon-nucleon centre-of-mass energy of sqrt(s_NN) = 2.76 TeV. In order to include particles with transverse momentum as low as 30 MeV, the data were recorded with the central solenoid magnet off. Charged particles were reconstructed with two algorithms (2-point "tracklets" and full tracks) using information from the pixel detector only. The lead-lead collision centrality was characterized by the total transverse energy in the forward calorimeter in the range 3.2 <|eta| <4.9. Measurements are presented of the per-event charged particle density distribution, dN_ch/deta, and the average charged particle multiplicity in the pseudorapidity interval |eta|
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-382
Number of pages20
JournalPhysics Letters B
VolumeB710
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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