Measurement of charm production at central rapidity in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV

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The pt-differential inclusive production cross sections of the prompt charmed mesons D0, D+, and D*+ in the rapidity range |y|<0.5 were measured in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV at the LHC using the ALICE detector. Reconstructing the decays D0->K-pi+, D+->K-pi+pi+, D*+->D0pi+, and their charge conjugates, about 8,400 D0, 2,900 D+, and 2,600 D*+ mesons with 1<pt<24 GeV/c were counted, after selection cuts, in a data sample of 3.14x10^8 events collected with a minimum-bias trigger (integrated luminosity L_int = 5/nb). The results are described within uncertainties by predictions based on perturbative QCD.