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Suppressed $\pi^0$ Production at Large Transverse Momentum in Central Au + Au Collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$ = 200 GeV

S.S. Adler S. Afanasiev C. Aidala N.N. Ajitanand Y. Akiba J. Alexander R. Amirikas Laurent Aphecetche 1 S.H. Aronson R. Averbeck T.C. Awes R. Azmoun V. Babintsev A. Baldisseri K.N. Barish P.D. Barnes B. Bassalleck S. Bathe S. Batsouli V. Baublis A. Bazilevsky S. Belikov Y. Berdnikov S. Bhagavatula J.G. Boissevain H. Borel S. Borenstein M.L. Brooks D.S. Brown N. Bruner D. Bucher H. Buesching V. Bumazhnov G. Bunce J.M. Burward-Hoy S. Butsyk X. Camard 1 J.S. Chai P. Chand W.C. Chang S. Chernichenko C.Y. Chi J. Chiba M. Chiu I.J. Choi J. Choi R.K. Choudhury T. Chujo V. Cianciolo Y. Cobigo B.A. Cole P. Constantin D.G. d'Enterria G. David H. Delagrange 1 A. Denisov A. Deshpande E.J. Desmond O. Dietzsch O. Drapier 2 A. Drees K.A. Drees R. Du Rietz A. Durum D. Dutta Y.V. Efremenko K. El Chenawi A. Enokizono H. En'Yo S. Esumi L. Ewell D.E. Fields F. Fleuret S.L. Fokin B.D. Fox Z. Fraenkel J.E. Frantz A. Franz A.D. Frawley S.Y. Fung S. Garpman T.K. Ghosh A. Glenn G. Gogiberidze M. Gonin 2 J. Gosset Y. Goto R. Granier de Cassagnac 2 N. Grau S.V. Greene M. Grosse Perdekamp W. Guryn H.A. Gustafsson T. Hachiya J.S. Haggerty H. Hamagaki A.G. Hansen E.P. Hartouni M. Harvey R. Hayano X. He M. Heffner T.K. Hemmick J.M. Heuser M. Hibino J.C. Hill W. Holzmann K. Homma B. Hong A. Hoover T. Ichihara V.V. Ikonnikov K. Imai L.D. Isenhower M. Ishihara M. Issah A. Isupov B.V. Jacak W.Y. Jang Y. Jeong J. Jia O. Jinnouchi B.M. Johnson S.C. Johnson K.S. Joo D. Jouan 3 S. Kametani N. Kamihara J.H. Kang S.S. Kapoor K. Katou Steven Kelly B. Khachaturov A. Khanzadeev J. Kikuchi D.H. Kim D.J. Kim D.W. Kim E. Kim G.-B. Kim 2 H.J. Kim E. Kistenev A. Kiyomichi K. Kiyoyama C. Klein-Boesing H. Kobayashi L. Kochenda V. Kochetkov D. Koehler T. Kohama M. Kopytine D. Kotchetkov A. Kozlov P.J. Kroon C.H. Kuberg K. Kurita Y. Kuroki M.J. Kweon Y. Kwon G.S. Kyle R. Lacey V. Ladygin J.G. Lajoie A. Lebedev S. Leckey D.M. Lee S. Lee M.J. Leitch X.H. Li H. Lim A. Litvinenko M.X. Liu Yehan Liu C.F. Maguire Y.I. Makdisi A. Malakhov V.I. Manko Y. Mao Gines Martinez Garcia 1 M.D. Marx H. Masui F. Matathias T. Matsumoto P.L. Mcgaughey E. Melnikov F. Messer Y. Miake J. Milan T.E. Miller A. Milov S. Mioduszewski R.E. Mischke G.C. Mishra J.T. Mitchell A.K. Mohanty D.P. Morrison J.M. Moss F. Muhlbacher D. Mukhopadhyay M. Muniruzzaman J. Murata S. Nagamiya J.L. Nagle T. Nakamura B.K. Nandi M. Nara J. Newby P. Nilsson A.S. Nyanin J. Nystrand E. O'Brien C.A. Ogilvie H. Ohnishi I.D. Ojha K. Okada M. Ono V. Onuchin A. Oskarsson I. Otterlund K. Oyama K. Ozawa D. Pal A.P.T. Palounek V.S. Pantuev V. Papavassiliou J. Park A. Parmar S.F. Pate T. Peitzmann J.C. Peng V. Peresedov C. Pinkenburg R.P. Pisani F. Plasil M.L. Purschke A. Purwar J. Rak I. Ravinovich K.F. Read M. Reuter K. Reygers V. Riabov Y. Riabov G. Roche 4 A. Romana 2 M. Rosati P. Rosnet 4 S.S. Ryu M.E. Sadler N. Saito T. Sakaguchi M. Sakai S. Sakai V. Samsonov L. Sanfratello R. Santo H.D. Sato S. Sato S. Sawada Y. Schutz V. Semenov R. Seto M.R. Shaw T.K. Shea T.A. Shibata K. Shigaki T. Shiina C.L. Silva D. Silvermyr K.S. Sim C.P. Singh V. Singh M. Sivertz A. Soldatov R.A. Soltz W.E. Sondheim S.P. Sorensen I.V. Sourikova F. Staley P.W. Stankus E. Stenlund M. Stepanov A. Ster S.P. Stoll T. Sugitate J.P. Sullivan E.M. Takagui A. Taketani M. Tamai K.H. Tanaka Y. Tanaka K. Tanida M.J. Tannenbaum P. Tarjan J.D. Tepe T.L. Thomas J. Tojo H. Torii R.S. Towell I. Tserruya H. Tsuruoka S.K. Tuli H. Tydesjo N. Tyurin H.W. van Hecke J. Velkovska M. Velkovsky L. Villatte A.A. Vinogradov M.A. Volkov E. Vznuzdaev X.R. Wang Y. Watanabe S.N. White F.K. Wohn C.L. Woody W. Xie Y. Yang A. Yanovich S. Yokkaichi G.R. Young I.E. Yushmanov W.A. Zajc C. Zhang S. Zhou L. Zolin
Abstract : Transverse momentum spectra of neutral pions in the range 1 < p_T < 10 GeV/c have been measured at mid-rapidity by the PHENIX experiment at RHIC in Au+Au collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 200 GeV. The pi^0 multiplicity in central reactions is significantly below the yields measured at the same sqrt(s_NN) in peripheral Au+Au and p+p reactions scaled by the number of nucleon-nucleon collisions. For the most central bin, the suppression factor is ~2.5 at p_T = 2 GeV/c and increases to ~4-5 at p_T ~= 4 GeV/c. At larger p_T, the suppression remains constant within errors. The deficit is already apparent in semi-peripheral reactions and increases smoothly with centrality.
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S.S. Adler, S. Afanasiev, C. Aidala, N.N. Ajitanand, Y. Akiba, et al.. Suppressed $\pi^0$ Production at Large Transverse Momentum in Central Au + Au Collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$ = 200 GeV. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2003, 91, pp.072301-1-072301-6. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.072301⟩. ⟨in2p3-00013741⟩

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