PHENIX study of the initial state with forward hadron measurements in 200 GeV p(d)+A and He-3+Au collisions
NUCLEAR PHYSICS A 982 275-278
Forward hadron measurements in p(d)+A provide a signal to study nuclear shadowing, initial state energy loss and/or gluon saturation effects as a function of rapidity, centrality and energy. High p(T) identified pi(0) measurements are an essential first step toward measuring prompt photon production. The pi(0) measurements are enabled by the PHENIX MPC-EX detector, a Si-W preshower detector located in front of the Muon Piston Calorimeter (MPC), expanding the neutral pion reconstruction capabilities in the rapidity range 3.1 < eta < 3.8 out to high energies, E < 80 GeV. Previous PHENIX measurements of punch-through charged hadrons in the muon arms in the rapidity range 1.4 < vertical bar eta vertical bar < 2.2 were significantly improved through the capability of the forward silicon vertex detector (FVTX) to determine the transverse momentum and rapidity with high precision and reject background from secondary hadrons.
PHENIX collected d+Au data with the MPC-EX in the 2016 run at root s(NN) = 200, 62, 39 and 19.6 GeV; and p+p and p+Au(Al) data with the FVTX in 2015 at 200 GeV. In this talk, we will present first results for high p(T) pi(0) production from the root s(NN) = 200 GeV dataset, the status of the prompt photon measurement, as well as charged hadron nuclear modification factors in p+Au(Al) and He-3+Au.
Cite article as:
A. Adare, M. Finger, M. Finger, . Afanasjev, . et al., "PHENIX study of the initial state with forward hadron measurements in 200 GeV p(d)+A and He-3+Au collisions ", NUCLEAR PHYSICS A 982 275-278 (2019)