Charmonium production in proton-proton and proton-lead collisions with ALICE
September 20, 2021
Charmonium production studies in hadronic collisions are a powerful tool for improving our understanding of quantum chronodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong interaction. The production of the charm-quark pair can be described within perturbative QCD, whereas the evolution of this pair into a colorless bound state involves soft scale processes. In addition, multiplicity dependent studies of charmonia in both proton-proton (pp) and proton-lead (p--Pb) collisions can shed light on the role of multiple parton interactions (MPI) for heavy-quark production. Furthermore, charmonia in small systems are fundamental to understand the properties of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) created in heavy-ion collisions.
Potential initial-state effects can be constrained using results in p--Pb, while reference measurements in pp collisions offer a basis for the vacuum production at the same center-of-mass energy.
The ALICE detector has unique capabilities at the LHC for measuring quarkonia down to zero transverse momentum. Measurements are carried out at both central and forward rapidity, in the dielectron and dimuon decay channel, respectively.
In this contribution an overview of the latest results of charmonium production in pp and p--Pb collisions at several centre-of-mass energies will be presented.
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