Direct Photon Production and Azimuthal Anisotropy at Low Transverse Momentum measured in PHENIX

27 Aug 2017  ·  Fan Wenqing for PHENIX collaboration ·

The PHENIX experiment discovered a large excess of low-$p_{T}$ direct photons in Au+Au collisions at 200 GeV compared to reference p+p collisions, which has been attributed to thermal radiation from the medium produced in the collisions. At the same time the excess photons show a large azimuthal anisotropy, expressed as Fourier coefficients $v_{2}$ and $v_{3}$... These surprising results have not yet been fully described by theoretical models. We will present the results obtained from real photons in the electromagnetic calorimeter and photons converted on the outer shell of the Hadron Blind Detector. PHENIX has also developed a new technique to identify conversion photons without assuming the radius where the conversion happened. This method greatly increases the available statistics and reduces systematic uncertainties. read more

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