Production of deuterons, tritons, $^{3}$He nuclei and their anti-nuclei in pp collisions at $\mathbf{\sqrt{\textit s}}$ = 0.9, 2.76 and 7 TeV

Invariant differential yields of deuterons and anti-deuterons in pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 0.9, 2.76 and 7 TeV and the yields of tritons, $^{3}$He nuclei and their anti-nuclei at $\sqrt{s}$ = 7 TeV have been measured with the ALICE detector at the LHC. The measurements cover a wide transverse momentum ($p_{\text{T}}$) range in the rapidity interval $|y|<~0.5$, extending both the energy and the $p_{\text{T}}$ reach of previous measurements up to 3 GeV/$c$ for $A=2$ and 6 GeV/$c$ for $A=3$. The coalescence parameters of (anti-)deuterons and $^{3}\overline{\text{He}}$ nuclei exhibit an increasing trend with $p_{\text{T}}$ and are found to be compatible with measurements in pA collisions at low $p_{\text{T}}$ and lower energies. The integrated yields decrease by a factor of about 1000 for each increase of the mass number with one (anti-)nucleon. Furthermore, the deuteron-to-proton ratio is reported as a function of the average charged particle multiplicity at different center-of-mass energies.

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e-Print: arXiv:1709.08522 | PDF | inSPIRE


Figure 1

Energy loss in the TPC ($\text{d}E/\text{d}x)$of particles with negative charge versus the rigidity estimated atthe TPC inner wall ($p_{\text{TPC}}/|Z|$). The solid lines representthe expected energy loss according to the parameterization of theBethe-Bloch formula. The blue circles and squares are $^{3}\overline{\text{He}}$nuclei and anti-tritons identified by the TPC only, and the orangecrosses and the red diamonds are the anti-tritons and $^{3}\overline{\text{He}}$nuclei, respectively, that were matched to a TOF hit.
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Figure 2

Squared mass distribution for tracks within $\pm3\sigma$of the expected energy loss for anti-deuterons in the TPC in several$p_{\text{T}}$ bins. The solid blue line is the global fit, the dashedline the background and the green line the anti-deuteron signal.
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Figure 3

Mass distribution of anti-triton (crosses) and$^{3}\overline{\text{He}}$ nucleus (diamonds) candidates obtainedwith the TOF detector as a function of the total momentum. The green and yellowbands represent 1 and 2$\sigma$ intervals, respectively, around the expected $^{3}$He mass(dashed line), obtained from the TOF resolution.
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Figure 4

Distance of closest approach in the transverseplane to the primary vertex (DCA$_{xy}$) of deuterons(solid circles) and anti-deuterons (hollow circles) for the $p_{\text{T}}$ bins$0.8< p_{\text{T}}< 0.9$~GeV/$c$ (left) and $1.9< p_{\text{T}}< 2.0$~GeV/$c$(right). A large background distribution of secondary deuterons isclearly visible in the left panel.
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Figure 5

Invariant differential yield of deuterons(left panel) and anti-deuterons (right panel) in inelastic pp collisions (INEL)at $\sqrt{s}$ = 0.9, 2.76 and 7~TeV. Systematic uncertainties are representedby boxes and the data are multiplied by constant factors for clarity in the figure The lowest $p_{\text{T}}$-point for deuterons at $\sqrt{s}$ = 7~TeV was takenfrom . The dashed line represents the result of a fitwith a Tsallis function (see Section \ref{sub:yields-mean-pt} for details).
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Figure 6

Anti-deuteron-to-deuteron ratio ($\overline{\text{d}}/\text{d}$)as a function of $p_{\text{T}}$ per nucleon in pp collisions comparedwith the $(\overline{\text{p}}/\text{p})^{2}$ ratio (squares) atmid-rapidity ($|y|< 0.5$) . Boxes representthe systematic uncertainties and error bars in the $(\overline{\text{p}}/\text{p})^{2}$ ratiosare statistical and systematic uncertainties added in quadrature.
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Figure 7

Invariant differential yields of tritonsand $^{3}$He nuclei (left panel) and their anti-nuclei (right panel)in inelastic pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 7~TeV Error bars and boxes represent the statistical and systematic uncertainties,respectively, and the dashed line the result of a fit with a Tsallis function(see Section \ref{sub:yields-mean-pt} for details).
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Figure 8

Coalescence parameter ($B_{2}$) of deuterons (solidcircles) and anti-deuterons (hollow circles) as a function of $p_{\text{T}}$per nucleon in inelastic pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 0.9, 2.76and 7~TeV. Statistical uncertainties are represented by error bars andsystematic uncertainties by boxes.
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Figure 9

Coalescence parameter ($B_{2}$) of anti-deuteronsin inelastic pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 7~TeV (circles) comparedwith the values measured at lower energies in pp , $\upgamma$p, ep (squares and hollow circles) andin p--Cu and p--Pb collisions (band at $p_{\text{T}}/A$~=~0~GeV/$c$).
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Figure 10

Coalescence parameter ($B_{2}$) of anti-deuteronsin inelastic pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 7~TeV (circles) compared with EPOS (LHC),PYTHIA 8.2 (Monash tune) with and without color reconnection (CR) and anevent mixing procedure with the afterburner (lines).
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Figure 11

Coalescence parameter ($B_{3}$) of tritons and $^{3}$Henuclei (left panel) and their anti-nuclei (right panel) in inelasticpp collisions at $\sqrt{s}$~=~7~TeV. The Bevalac measurements in p--C, p--Cuand p--Pb collisions are not given as a function of $p_{\text{T}}$and are shown as vertical bands at $p_{\text{T}}/A$~=~0~GeV/$c$ for comparison Error bars and boxes represent the statistical and systematic uncertainties,respectively, and dashed lines the values obtained with EPOS (LHC) withthe afterburner.
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Figure 12

Integrated yields ($\text{d}N/\text{d}y$) of anti-protons,anti-deuterons and $^{3}\overline{\text{He}}$ nucleias a function of the number of anti-nucleons in inelastic pp collisionsat $\sqrt{s}$ = 7~TeV. The horizontal lines represent a fit with the function$c_{0}Ac_{1}^{A}$ based on equation (\ref{eq:BA}).
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Figure 13

Integrated deuteron-to-proton (d/p)and anti-deuteron-to-anti-proton ($\overline{\text{d}}/\overline{\text{p}}$)ratios in inelastic pp collisions as a function of the averagecharged particle multiplicity for different center-of-mass energies The average d/p ratio in AA collisions lies two times above the highest valuein pp collisions (not shown). Dashed and solid lines represent the expectedvalues from EPOS (LHC) with afterburner and the bands their uncertainties The CERN ISR value is corrected by the contribution of feed-downanti-protons estimated with an EPOS (LHC) simulation.
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