Nuclear modification factors for hadrons at forward and backward rapidities in deuteron-gold collisions at root s(NN)=200 GeV
We report on charged hadron production in deuteron-gold reactions at roots(NN) = 200 GeV. Our measurements in the deuteron direction cover 1.4 < eta < 2.2, referred to as forward rapidity, and in the gold direction -2.0 < eta < -1.4, referred to as backward rapidity, and a transverse momentum range p(T)=0.5-4.0 GeV/c. We compare the relative yields for different deuteron-gold collision centrality classes. We observe a suppression relative to binary collision scaling at forward rapidity, sensitive to low momentum fraction (x) partons in the gold nucleus, and an enhancement at backward rapidity, sensitive to high momentum fraction partons in the gold nucleus.
This article is published as Adler, S. S., S. Afanasiev, C. Aidala, N. N. Ajitanand, Y. Akiba, A. Al-Jamel, J. Alexander et al. "Nuclear Modification Factors for Hadrons at Forward and Backward Rapidities in Deuteron-Gold Collisions at s N N= 200 G e V." Physical review letters 94, no. 8 (2005): 082302. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.082302. Posted with permission.