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Volume 345 - International Conference on Hard and Electromagnetic Probes of High-Energy Nuclear Collisions (HardProbes2018) - Electroweak Probes
Direct photon production and flow at low transverse momenta in pp, p--Pb and Pb--Pb collisions
N. Schmidt
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Pre-published on: 2019 January 11
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Low transverse momentum direct photon measurements have been carried out by the ALICE experiment at the CERN LHC in small collision systems (pp, $\sqrt{s}=2.76$ and 8 TeV and p--Pb, $\sqrt{s_\text{NN}}=5.02$ TeV) as well as in heavy ion collisions (Pb--Pb, $\sqrt{s_\text{NN}}=2.76$ TeV). For the first time, also the multiplicity dependence of direct photon production was investigated in p--Pb collisions. Whereas in the small systems no significant thermal photon signal was observed, a $\sim15\%$ excess has been measured in central Pb--Pb collisions in the region of $p_{\rm T}<3$ GeV/$c$. A signal of prompt photon production at high transverse momentum consistent with binary scaling has been observed in all collision systems following NLO pQCD predictions. Direct photon flow has been measured in central and semi-central Pb--Pb collisions and found to be of similar size as the charged hadron and decay photon flow.
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