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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 515420, 6 pages
Charged-Hadron Pseudorapidity Distributions in p-p and Pb-Pb Collisions at LHC Energies
Department of Physics, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030006, China
Received 26 June 2013; Revised 22 July 2013; Accepted 23 July 2013
Academic Editor: Fu-Hu Liu
Copyright © 2013 Bao-Chun Li and Ya-Zhou Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Pseudorapidity distributions of charged hadrons produced in p-p and Pb-Pb collisions at LHC energies were measured by the CMS and ALICE Collaborations, respectively. An improved Tsallis distribution in the two-cylinder model is used to describe the pseudorapidity spectra. We consider the rapidity shift at the longitudinal direction in the geometrical picture of the collisions. The calculated results are in agreement with the experimental data. The gap between the projectile cylinder and the target cylinder increases with the centralities. The rapidity shifts in the cylinders also increase with the centralities.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has been built to research the properties of matter produced in high-energy collisions [1, 2]. It will study proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of TeV and heavy-ion collisions at a center-of-mass energy of TeV, which are much higher than the maximum collision energy at RHIC. An environment of high temperature and density is formed in such high-energy collisions, which lead to a significant extension of the kinematic range in longitudinal rapidity and transverse momentum [3–5]. The investigation of the particle production in proton-proton and nucleus-nucleus collisions at LHC energies is helpful for understanding the statistical behavior of particles and production mechanism. The multiplicity and pseudorapidity distributions of final-state particles can be used to test different theoretical models and ideas. In the central rapidity region, the multiplicity of charged particles produced in the high-energy collisions is an important observable and can give the basic attribution of quark-gluon plasma (QGP) produced in the collisions. Proton-proton collisions at 7 TeV produce about 70 charged hadrons integrated over the full rapidity space, including the unmeasured region. The study on the pseudorapidity distribution of charged hadrons, , helps us to understand the production mechanism of major charged hadrons.
The relativistic diffusion model (RDM)  has made some valuable attempts in describing and predicting pseudorapidity distribution of charged hadrons produced in heavy-ion collisions at SPS, RHIC, and LHC energies. Different phenomenological models of initial coherent multiple interactions and particle transport have been introduced to describe the production of final-state particles in Au-Au collisions [7, 8]. In the analysis of the experimental data, one statistical distribution gained prominence with very good fits to the data measured by the STAR  and PHENIX  Collaborations at RHIC and measured by the CMS  and ALICE  Collaborations at LHC. With Tsallis statistics' development and success in dealing with nonequilibrated complex systems in condensed matter research, it has been utilized to understand the particle production in high-energy collisions. Recently, in order to describe transverse momentum spectra, an improved Tsallis distribution which satisfies better the thermodynamic consistency was proposed . As the collision energy increases to LHC, which is much higher than the maximal collision energy at RHIC, the kinematic range in the longitudinal direction will increase. In this work, we consider the rapidity shift of the interacting system and use the improved Tsallis distributions to analyze the pseudorapidity distribution functions in p-p and Pb-Pb collisions at LHC energies as measured by the CMS and ALICE Collaborations.
2. The Improved Tsallis Distribution and the Rapidity Distribution
In the framework of Tsallis statistic, more than one version of the Tsallis distribution is used to discuss the transverse momentum distribution of final-state particles produced in high-energy collisions. The improved form of the Tsallis distribution can naturally meet the thermodynamic consistency. The quantum form of the Tsallis distribution succeeded in description of the transverse distribution measured by ALICE and CMS Collaborations. According to the framework, the momentum distribution is given by where , , , , , and are the momentum, the energy, the temperature, the chemical potential, the volume, and the degeneracy factor, respectively, and is a parameter characterizing the degree of nonequilibrium. For zero chemical potential, a rapidity distribution is where is the transverse momentum. The distribution function is only the rapidity distribution of particles emitted in a considered emission source at the fixed rapidity. In -space, the longitudinal location of the source needs to be taken into account. Therefore, for the fixed emission source with rapidity , the rapidity distribution of produced particles is given by Generally speaking, the parameters and are obtained by fitting the transverse spectra measured in the collisions. In , the values of and taken for the calculations are about GeV and , respectively.
In order to describe the rapidity shift, we introduce the geometrical picture of the two-cylinder model . In the laboratory reference system, the projectile cylinder is in the positive rapidity direction and the target cylinder is in the negative one, with rapidity ranges [, ] and [, ], respectively. On both sides of the two cylinders there are leading particles appearing as two isotropic emission sources with rapidity shifts and , respectively. So, in the final state, the normalized pseudorapidity distribution is where , , , and are the contributions of the target leading particles, the target cylinder, the projectile cylinder, and the projectile leading particles, respectively. For symmetric collisions p-p and Pb-Pb, , . The pseudorapidity distribution can be expressed as
The pseudorapidity distribution can be calculated by a conversion between the pseudorapidity distribution and the rapidity distribution. In the case of , the rapidity and pseudorapidity are approximately equal to each other. However, the condition of is not always satisfied. The conversion between the pseudorapidity distribution and the rapidity distribution is where a Jacobian of the transformation is
3. Comparison with Experimental Results
Figure 1 presents the pseudorapidity distributions of charged particles produced in p-p collisions at TeV and 7 TeV. The symbols represent the experimental data of the CMS Collaboration  and the curves are our calculated results. The parameters used in the calculations are taken to be , and and , and and , respectively. The parameter is taken at the same value . The per degree of freedom (dof) are 0.454 and 0.612, respectively. The calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental data. The rapidity shifts in the cylinders for 7 TeV are larger than that for 2.36 TeV. So is the gap between the projectile cylinder and the target cylinder 2.
Figure 2 shows the pseudorapidity distributions of charged particles produced in Pb-Pb collisions with different centralities at 2.76 TeV. The values of centralities are shown in the figure. The symbols represent the experimental data of the ALICE Collaboration [14, 15] and the curves are our calculated results. The value of is . The other parameters , , , and obtained by fitting the experimental data are given in Table 1 with /dof. From these values, we find that the and increase with the increase in the centralities. In other words, the length of the double cylinder and the distance between the two cylinders increase with the increase in the centralities. The maximum value of /dof is 1.156. One sees that the calculated results approximately agree with the experimental data for all concerned centralities. The dependences of the different parameters on the centrality class are given in Figure 3. By fitting the data, the function relations between the different parameters and the centrality class are determined: where and denote the centrality and a normalization constant, respectively. The values of /dof are 0.819, 0.652, 0.736, and 0.441, respectively.
4. Discussions and Conclusions
In the above comparisons, we have investigated the pseudorapidity distributions of charged hadrons produced in p-p and Pb-Pb collisions at LHC energies. In , the improved Tsallis distribution which satisfies the thermodynamic consistency was proposed to fit the experimental data. However, it can only treat the transverse momentum spectra, but not the rapidity (or pseudorapidity) distributions. As the collision energy increases to LHC, which is much higher than the maximal collision energy at RHIC, the kinematic range in the longitudinal direction increases obviously. For the pseudorapidity distributions of charged hadrons, the rapidity shifts of emission sources in the interaction system have to be taken into account, which requires consistently the geometrical picture of the collisions. It is not difficult for the two-cylinder model to describe particle production in the rapidity space. We implemented the improved Tsallis distributions in the two-cylinder model and applied it to description of the pseudorapidity distributions. The calculated results are compared with the experimental data from the CMS and ALICE Collaborations. The calculated results are in agreement with the data, and the parameter dependence on the centrality is obtained. The gap between the projectile cylinder and the target cylinder increases with the centralities. The rapidity shifts in the cylinders also increase with the centralities.
The two-cylinder model was developed from the fireball model, which is suggested in heavy-ion collisions . At the longitudinal position, the projectile cylinder and target cylinder are assumed to be formed in nucleus-nucleus (or proton-proton) collisions. At intermediate energy, the two cylinders overlap totally, and the interacting system is in fact described by a single cylinder model. At high energy, the two cylinders overlap partly. At ultrahigh energy, there is a gap appearing between the two cylinders. In the rapidity space, the projectile cylinder and target cylinder are defined to lie in the rapidity ranges  and , respectively. It is expected that a thick double cylinder is formed in nucleus-nucleus collisions and a thin double cylinder is formed in nucleon-nucleon collisions. The collision picture is very intuitive and accessible.
In conclusion, the experimental pseudorapidity distributions of charged hadrons produced in p-p and Pb-Pb collisions at LHC energies have been described by the improved Tsallis distributions in the two-cylinder model. The calculated results show that the rapidity shifts and increase with the increase in the centralities, whereas the contributions of the projectile and target cylinders to the pseudorapidity distributions do not change obviously with the increase in the centralities. The length of the projectile cylinder or the target cylinder increases and the gap between them increases with the increase in the centralities.
This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant nos. 11247250, 11005071, and 10975095; the National Fundamental Fund of Personnel Training under Grant no. J1103210; the Shanxi Provincial Natural Science Foundation under Grant nos. 2013021006 and 2011011001; the Open Research Subject of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Large-Scale Scientific Facility under Grant no. 2060205; and the Shanxi Scholarship Council of China.
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