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Single muon production as a function of charged-particle multiplicity in proton-proton collisions at 8 TeV with ALICE at the LHC

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dc.contributor.advisor Ntshangase, S.S
dc.contributor.advisor Buthelezi, Z.E
dc.contributor.author Dindikazi, Nomvelo G.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-10T12:02:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-10T12:02:12Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1604
dc.description A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Science and Agriculture in fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Masters in Science (Physics) in the Department of Physics and Engineering at the University of Zululand, 2017 en_US
dc.description.abstract At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) is a general purpose heavy-ion detector. ALICE is also studying proton-proton collisions, both as a reference for lead-lead and proton-lead collisions, and in physics areas where ALICE is competitive with other LHC experiments. Heavy flavours (charmand beauty quarks) are formed in the initial stages of the collision through gluon fusion, which is a dominant process at the LHC. The study of heavy flavour production in proton-proton collisions at the LHC, provides an important test of perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics (pQCD) calculations, particularly in the forward rapidity of ALICE (-4 < ´ < -2.5), where their production is expected to be sensitive to small gluon Bjorken-x values, in parton distribution functions (PDF). In addition, the investigation of heavy flavour production in proton-proton collisions, also constitutes an essential baseline for the corresponding measurements in heavy ion collisions. In this study, the production of heavy flavours is measured via the contribution of their muonic decay to the inclusive pT -differential muon yield, as a function of relative charged particle multiplicity, reconstructed in proton-proton collisions at 8 TeV. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Foundation; South African CERN en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject muon production --protons --particles en_US
dc.title Single muon production as a function of charged-particle multiplicity in proton-proton collisions at 8 TeV with ALICE at the LHC en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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