The measurements of open charm production was proposed as an important tool to investigate the properties of the hot and dense matter formed in nucleus-nucleus collisions as well as to provide the means for model independent interpretation of the existing data on J/Psi suppression. Recently, the experimental setup of the NA61/SHINE experiment was supplemented with a Vertex Detector which was motivated by the importance and the possibility of the first direct measurements of open charm meson production in heavy ion collisions at SPS energies. First test data taken in December 2016 on Pb+Pb collisions at 150A GeV/c allowed to validate the general concept of D-0 meson detection via its D-0 -> pi(+) + K- decay channel and delivered a first indication of open charm production.
The physics motivation of open charm measurements at SPS energies, pilot results on open charm production, and finally, the future plans of open charm measurements in the NA61/SHINE experiment after LS2 are presented.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Nuclear Physics A|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2019|
|Event||27th International Conference on Ultrarelativistic Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions (Quark Matter) - Venice|
Duration: 13 May 2018 → 19 May 2018