The transverse momentum spectra of D^0 mesons from b hadron decays are measured at midrapidity (|y| < 1) in pp and Pb-Pb collisions at a nucleon-nucleon center of mass energy of 5.02 TeV with the CMS detector at the LHC. The D^0 mesons from b hadron decays are distinguished from prompt D^0 mesons by their decay topologies. In Pb-Pb collisions, the B → D^0 yield is found to be suppressed in the measured pT range from 2 to 100 GeV/c as compared to pp collisions. The suppression is weaker than that of prompt D^0 mesons and charged hadrons for pT around 10 GeV/c. While theoretical calculations incorporating partonic energy loss in the quark-gluon plasma can successfully describe the measured B → D^0 suppression at higher pT, the data show an indication of larger suppression than the model predictions in the range of 2 < pT < 5 GeV/c.
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A. M. Sirunyan et al., "Studies of Beauty Suppression via Nonprompt D^0 Mesons in Pb-Pb Collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV", Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 022001, 9 July 2019, American Physical Society, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.022001
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