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Evidence of b-jet quenching in PbPb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$ = 2.76 TeV

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Abstract: The production of jets associated to bottom quarks is measured for the first time in PbPb collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 2.76 TeV per nucleon pair. Jet spectra are reported in the transverse momentum ($p_T$) range of 80-250 GeV, and within pseudorapidity abs($\eta \lt 2$). The nuclear modification factor ($R_{AA}$) calculated from these spectra shows a strong suppression in the b-jet yield in PbPb collisions relative to the yield observed in pp collisions at the same energy. The suppression persists to the largest values of $p_T$ studied, and is centrality dependent. The $R_{AA}$ is about 0.4 in the most central events, similar to previous observations for inclusive jets. This implies that jet quenching does not have a strong dependence on parton mass and flavor in the jet $p_T$ range studied.

Note: Submitted to Phys. Rev. Lett

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