Observation of Associated Near-Side and Away-Side Long-Range Correlations in √ sNN =5.02 TeV Proton-Lead Collisions with the ATLAS Detector

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Abstract

Two-particle correlations in relative azimuthal angle (Δϕ) and pseudorapidity (Δη) are measured in sNN=5.02  TeV p+Pb collisions using the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The measurements are performed using approximately 1  μb-1 of data as a function of transverse momentum (pT) and the transverse energy (ΣETPb) summed over 3.1<η<4.9 in the direction of the Pb beam. The correlation function, constructed from charged particles, exhibits a long-range (2<|Δη|<5) “near-side” (Δϕ∼0) correlation that grows rapidly with increasing ΣETPb. A long-range “away-side” (Δϕ∼π) correlation, obtained by subtracting the expected contributions from recoiling dijets and other sources estimated using events with small ΣETPb, is found to match the near-side correlation in magnitude, shape (in Δη and Δϕ) and ΣETPb dependence. The resultant Δϕ correlation is approximately symmetric about π/2, and is consistent with a dominant cos⁡2Δϕ modulation for all ΣETPb ranges and particle pT.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Review Letters
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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