Light vector mesons and the dielectron continuum in PHENIX
Iowa State University
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The PHENIX experiment at RHIC has measured the dielectron continuum and the ω and ϕ light vector mesons using hadronic and dielectron decay channels in √sNN = 200 GeV p+p, d+Au, Cu+Cu and Au+Au collisions. The ω and ϕ mesons experience no strong cold nuclear matter effects but in central heavy ion collisions their yields are suppressed at high pT, extending to intermediate pT for the ϕ. The comparison of the ω and ϕ suppression to the suppression of other hadrons suggests parton energy loss for high pT mesons and favors a recombination production mechanism for intermediate pT ϕ mesons. The dielectron continuum shows a low mass excess in central Au+Au and Cu+Cu collisions while the p+p and d+Au spectra agree with their respective cocktails. The low mass excess consists of a high pT thermal virtual photon component and a much larger low pT component.
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