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Effect of shadowing on initial conditions, transverse energy and hard probes in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions

Abstract

The effect of shadowing on the early state of ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions is investigated along with transverse energy and hard process production, specifically Drell-Yan, J/psi, and Upsilon production. We choose several parton distributions and parameterizations of nuclear shadowing, as well as the spatial dependence of shadowing, to study the influence of shadowing on relevant observables. Results are presented for Au+Au collisions at sqrt{s_{NN}} = 200 GeV and Pb+Pb collisions at sqrt{s_{NN}} =5.5 TeV.

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