Heavy flavor measurements at the STAR experiment
Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Rez near Prague, Czech Republic
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Published online: 27 March 2017
In ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions at RHIC, a new state of nuclear matter with extreme properties is produced — the strongly interacting quark-gluon plasma. Heavy quarks, predominantly produced at early stages of collisions owing to their large masses, provide an exceptional probe for exploring the hot and dense medium created in such collisions. The Heavy Flavor Tracker and Muon Telescope Detector have been fully operational since 2014 and have significantly improved STAR’s capabilities in measuring both open and hidden heavy flavor hadrons in heavy-ion collisions. We present an overview of recent heavy flavor results obtained at the STAR experiment.
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