Measurement of charged jet production cross sections and nuclear modification in p-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_\rm{NN}} = 5.02$ TeV

Charged jet production cross sections in p-Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{\rm NN}} = 5.02$ TeV measured with the ALICE detector at the LHC are presented. Using the anti-$k_{\rm T}$ algorithm, jets have been reconstructed in the central rapidity region from charged particles with resolution parameters $R = 0.2$ and $R = 0.4$. The reconstructed jets have been corrected for detector effects and the underlying event background. To calculate the nuclear modification factor, $R_{\rm pPb}$, of charged jets in p-Pb collisions, a pp reference was constructed by scaling previously measured charged jet spectra at $\sqrt{s} = 7$ TeV. In the transverse momentum range $20 \le p_{\rm T,ch\ jet} \le 120$ GeV/$c$, $R_{\rm pPb}$ is found to be consistent with unity, indicating the absence of strong nuclear matter effects on jet production. Major modifications to the radial jet structure are probed via the ratio of jet production cross sections reconstructed with the two different resolution parameters. This ratio is found to be similar to the measurement in pp collisions at $\sqrt{s} = 7$ TeV and to the expectations from PYTHIA pp simulations and NLO pQCD calculations at $\sqrt{s_{\rm NN}} = 5.02$ TeV.

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Figure 1

Left: Probability distribution of the event-by-event transverse momentum background density (see Eq.[1]). The mean and variance for two event classes are indicated in the figure. $p_\mathrm{T,\,ch\;jet}^\mathrm{raw}$ represents uncorrected jet $\pT$. Right: Probability distribution of background fluctuations calculated with the random cone approach and defined via Eq.[4]} (resolution parameter $R=0.4$).
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Figure 2

Left: Projection of the combined unfolding matrix for jets with particle-level momentum $45 < p_\mathrm{T,\,ch\;jet}^\mathrm{part} < 50$ GeV/$c$. The matrix is obtained from the combination of the detector response and background fluctuation matrices, which are also shown as projections (see text for details) Right: Probability distribution of the relative difference betweenparticle-level (generated true) and detector-level charged jet transverse momentum for jets with different momenta. The effect of background fluctuations is included for the jets reconstructed at detector level. Characteristic values of the distributions are summarized in Table [1].
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Figure 3

Top panel: $\pt$-differential production cross section of charged jet production in p-Pb collisions at $5.02$ TeV for $R=0.4$. Bottom panel: Ratio of data and NLO pQCD calculations. The global uncertainty from the measurement of the visible cross section of $3.5\%$ is not shown. The uncertainties on the pQCD calculation are only shown in the ratio plot as dashed lines. The pQCD calculations take into account the rapidity shift of the nucleon-nucleon center-of-mass system in p-Pb with a boosted parton system.
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Figure 4

Top panel: $\pt$-differential production cross section of charged jet production in p-Pb collisions at $5.02$ TeV for $R=0.2$. Bottom panel: Ratio of data and NLO pQCD calculations. The global uncertainty from the measurement of the visible cross section of $3.5\%$ is not shown. The uncertainties on the pQCD calculation are only shown in the ratio plot as dashed lines. The pQCD calculations take into account the rapidity shift of the nucleon-nucleon center-of-mass system in p-Pb with a boosted parton system.
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Figure 5

Nuclear modification factors $R_\mathrm{pPb}$ of charged jets for $R=0.2$ (left) and $R=0.4$ (right). The combined global normalization uncertainty from $\left< T_\mathrm{pPb}\right>$, the correction to NSD events, the measured pp cross section, and the reference scaling is depicted by the box around unity.
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Figure 6

Charged jet production cross section ratio for different resolution parameters as defined in Eq.[7]. The data in p-Pb collisions at $\snn = 5.02$ TeV are compared to PYTHIA6 (tune: Perugia 2011, no uncertainties shown) and POWHEG+PYTHIA8 (combined stat. and syst. uncertainties shown) at the same energy, and to pp collisions at 7 TeV (only stat. uncertainties shown).
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