Date of Award

Fall 11-26-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Prof. Xiaochun He

Abstract

J/psi production is considered a very important probes for studying the properties of quark-gluon plasma (QGP). At the PHENIX experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a large suppression of J/psi production in Au+Au collisions at 200 GeV center of mass energy as compared to the binary collision scaled p+p collisions was observed. The level of suppression is similar to that observed at other energies at CERN's SPS and LHC experiments. This work addresses the PHENIX J/psi measurements at sqrt{s_{NN}}= 39 and 62 GeV Au+Au collisions. These allow for the energy dependent J/psi suppression measurements in order to disentangle the important contributing factors of J/psi production. J/psi results over a wide range of center of mass energies (39-200 GeV) from PHENIX are discussed, in addition to a comprehensive comparison with other experiments.

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