The production of isolated photons in PbPb and pp collisions at √sNN= 5.02 TeV

CMS Collaboration

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Abstract

The transverse energy (EγT) spectra of photons isolated from other particles are measured using proton-proton (pp) and lead-lead (PbPb) collisions at the LHC at √sNN= 5.02 TeV with integrated luminosities of 27.4 pb-1and 404 μb-1for pp and PbPb data, respectively. The results are presented for photons with 25 < EγT< 200 GeV in the pseudorapidity range |η| < 1.44, and for different centrality intervals for PbPb collisions. Photon production in PbPb collisions is consistent with that in pp collisions scaled by the number of binary nucleon-nucleon collisions, demonstrating that photons do not interact with the quark-gluon plasma. Therefore, isolated photons can provide information about the initial energy of the associated parton in photon+jet measurements. The results are compared with predictions from the next-to-leadingorder JETPHOX generator for different parton distribution functions (PDFs) and nuclear PDFs (nPDFs). The comparisons can help to constrain the nPDFs global fits.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Mar 28 2020

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