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Volume 350 - 7th Annual Conference on Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP2019) - Parallel EW
Dielectron production at low transverse momentum in Pb-Pb collisions at $ \sqrt{s_{\mathrm{NN}}}=5.02 $ TeV with ALICE
S. Lehner* on behalf of the ALICE collaboration
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: 2019 September 09
Published on: 2019 December 04
Dielectrons probe a wide range of phenomena in heavy-ion collisions. These include light- and heavy-flavour meson production, thermal radiation and coherent photo-production. The latter process is distinguished by dielectron production at low transverse-pair momentum ($ \it{p}_{\textrm{T,ee}}$). Transverse momentum spectra of dielectrons in central and peripheral Pb-Pb collisions are extracted and compared to the corresponding expectations. In central collisions the data fit the expected spectrum, which is dominated by semi-leptonic decays of correlated heavy-flavour hadrons. In peripheral collisions, the data exhibit an excess at low \ptee with respect to hadronic and thermal sources. The observed excess yield is compatible with calculations for dielectron production from coherent photon-photon interactions.
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