Journal Article Centrality Dependence of the Charged-Particle Multiplicity Density at Midrapidity in Pb-Pb Collisions at √sNN=5.02 TeV

ALICE Collaboration  ,  Esumi, S.  ,  Miake, Y.  ,  Chujo, T.

116 ( 22 )  , p.222302 , 2016-06 , American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
NCID:AA00773679
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The pseudorapidity density of charged particles, dNch/dη, at midrapidity in Pb-Pb collisions has been measured at a center-of-mass energy per nucleon pair of sNN−−−−√=5.02  TeV. For the 5% most central collisions, we measure a value of 1943±54. The rise in dNch/dη as a function of sNN−−−−√ is steeper than that observed in proton-proton collisions and follows the trend established by measurements at lower energy. The increase of dNch/dη as a function of the average number of participant nucleons, ⟨Npart⟩, calculated in a Glauber model, is compared with the previous measurement at sNN−−−−√=2.76  TeV. A constant factor of about 1.2 describes the increase in dNch/dη from sNN−−−−√=2.76 to 5.02 TeV for all centrality classes, within the measured range of 0%–80% centrality. The results are also compared to models based on different mechanisms for particle production in nuclear collisions.
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