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Physics  2012 

D meson nuclear modification factors in Pb-Pb collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 2.76 TeV with the ALICE detector

DOI: 10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2013.02.096

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The measurement of D meson production provides key tests for parton energy-loss models, which predict that charm quarks should experience less in-medium energy loss than light quarks and gluons. The ALICE experiment has measured the production of prompt D^(0), D^(+) and D^(*+) mesons in pp and Pb-Pb collisions at the LHC at sqrt(s) = 7 and 2.76 TeV and at sqrt(s_NN) = 2.76 TeV, respectively, via the exclusive reconstruction of their hadronic decay. The pT-differential production yields in the range 2 < pT < 16 GeV/c at central rapidity, |y| < 0.5, were used to calculate the nuclear modification factor. A suppression of a factor 3 to 4 for transverse momenta larger than 5 GeV/c in the 20% most central collisions was observed. Preliminary results in an extended pT-range, using the data sample collected during the 2011 Pb-Pb run, together with the first measurement of D^(+)_(s) nuclear modification factor will be shown.

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