Quark coalescence for charmed mesons in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions Academic Article uri icon


  • We investigate effects of charm-quark interactions in a quark-gluon plasma on the production of D and J/ψ mesons in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. Employing a previously constructed coalescence model that successfully reproduces the transverse momentum (pT) spectra and elliptic flow (v2(pT)) of light hadrons at RHIC from underlying light-quark distributions at the phase transition temperature Tc, D-meson and J/ψ pT-spectra are evaluated. For the charm-quark distributions, we consider two limiting scenarios: (i) no rescattering, corresponding to perturbative QCD (pQCD) spectra and (ii) complete thermalization including transverse expansion. We find that D-mesons acquire a minimal v2 inherited from their light-quark content and corresponding semileptonic decay spectra of single electrons practically preserve the v2 of the parent particles, exhibiting marked differences between the pQCD and thermal scenarios for pT≥1 GeV. Likewise, the pT-spectra and yields of J/ψ's differ appreciably in the two scenarios. © 2004 Elsevier B.V.

published proceedings

  • Physics Letters B

author list (cited authors)

  • Greco, V., Ko, C. M., & Rapp, R

citation count

  • 238

complete list of authors

  • Greco, V||Ko, CM||Rapp, R

publication date

  • August 2004