Measurement of Bottom Versus Charm as a Function of Transverse Momentum with Electron-Hadron Correlations in p þ p Collisions at square root of s = 200 GeV
Physical Review Letters
The momentum distribution of electrons from semileptonic decays of charm and bottom quarks for midrapidity jyj < 0:35 in p þ p collisions at ffiffi s p ¼ 200 GeV is measured by the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider over the transverse momentum range 2 < pT < 7 GeV=c. The ratio of the yield of electrons from bottom to that from charm is presented. The ratio is determined using partial D=D ! e KX (K unidentified) reconstruction. It is found that the yield of electrons from bottom becomes significant above 4 GeV=c in pT. A fixed-order-plus-next-to-leading-log perturbative quantum chromodynamics calculation agrees with the data within the theoretical and experimental uncertainties. The extracted total bottom production cross section at this energy is bb ¼ 3:2þ1:2 1:1ðstatÞ þ1:4 1:3ðsystÞb.
Adare, A., Afanasiev, S., Aidala, C., Ajitanand, N. N., Akiba, Y., Al-Bataineh, H., . . . Zolin, L. (2009). Measurement of bottom versus charm as a function of transverse momentum with electron-hadron correlations in p+p collisions at s=200GeV. Physical Review Letters, 103(8)