Enhanced J/psi suppression due to gluon depletion

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Hwa, R. C. ; Pisut, J. ; Pisutova, N. (1997)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1103/PhysRevC.58.434
  • Subject: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
    arxiv: Nuclear Theory | Nuclear Experiment | High Energy Physics::Experiment

The nonlinear effect of gluon depletion in the collision of large nuclei can be large. It is due to multiple scatterings among comoving partons initiated by primary scattering of partons in the colliding nuclei. The effect can give rise to substantial suppression of $J/\psi$ production in very large nuclei, even if the linear depletion effect is insignificant for the collisions of nuclei of smaller sizes. This mechanism offers a natural explanation of the enhanced suppression in the Pb-Pb data recently observed by NA50.
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