Forward dihadron back-to-back correlations in pA collisions
MetadataShow full item record
American Physical Society
Albacete, J. L., Giacalone, G., Marquet, C., & Matas, M. (2019). Forward dihadron back-to-back correlations in p A collisions. Physical Review D, 99(1), 014002.
SponsorshipThe work of C. M. was supported in part by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche under Project No. ANR-16- CE31-0019-02. The work of M. M. has been supported by Grant No. 17-04505S of the Czech Science Foundation (GACR) and has been performed in the framework of COST Action CA15213 THOR. Computational resources were provided by the CESNET LM2015042 and the CERIT Scientific Cloud LM2015085, provided under the program “Projects of Large Research, Development, and Innovations Infrastructures.”
We study the disappearance of the away-side peak of the di-hadron correlation function in p + A vs p + p collisions at forward rapidities, when the scaterring process presents a manifest dilute-dense asymmetry. We improve the state-of-the-art description of this phenomenon in the framework of the color glass condensate (CGC), for hadrons produced nearly back to back. In that case, the gluon content of the saturated nuclear target can be described with transverse-momentum-dependent gluon distributions, whose small-x evolution we calculate numerically by solving the Balitsky-Kovchegov equation with running coupling corrections. We first show that our formalism provides a good description of the disappearance of the away-side azimuthal correlations in d + Au collisions observed at BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) energies. Then, we predict the away-side peak of upcoming p + Au data at root s = 200 GeV to be suppressed by about a factor 2 with respect to p + p collisions, and we propose to study the rapidity dependence of that suppression as a complementary strong evidence of gluon saturation in experimental data.