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Centrality-dependent direct photon pt spectra in Au+Au collisions at RHIC

Abstract : We calculate the centrality-dependence of transverse momentum ($\pt$) spectra for direct photons in Au+Au collisions at the RHIC energy, based on a realistic data-constrained (3+1) dimensional hydrodynamic description of the expanding hot and dense matter, a reasonable treatment of the propagation of partons and their energy loss in the fluid, and a systematic study of the main sources of direct photons. The resultant $\pt$ spectra agree with recent PHENIX data in a broad $\pt$ range. The competition among the different direct photon sources is investigated at various centralities. Parton energy loss in the plasma is considered for photons from fragmentation and jet photon conversion, which causes about 40% decrease in the total contribution. In the high $\pt$ region, the observed $R_{AA}$ of photons is centrality independent at the accuracy of 5% based on a realistic treatment of energy loss. We also link the different behavior of $R_{AA}$ for central and peripheral collisions, in the low $\pt$ region, to the fact that the plasma in central collisions is hotter compared to peripheral ones.
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Fu-Ming Liu, T. Hirano, Klaus Werner, Yan Zhu. Centrality-dependent direct photon pt spectra in Au+Au collisions at RHIC. Physical Review C, American Physical Society, 2008, 79, pp.014905. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevC.79.014905⟩. ⟨in2p3-00837657⟩



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