Measurement of D ⁎± , D ± and D s ± meson production cross sections in pp collisions at s = 7  TeV with the ATLAS detector

The production of D∗±, D± and D± s charmed mesons has been measured with the ATLAS detector in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV at the LHC, using data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 280 nb−1. The charmed mesons have been reconstructed in the range of transverse momentum 3.5 < pT(D) < 100 GeV and pseudorapidity were measured for D∗± and D± production. The differential cross sections as a function of transverse momentum and pseudorapidity |η(D)| < 2.1. The next-to-leading-order QCD predictions are consistent with the data in the visible kinematic region within the large theoretical uncertainties. Using the visible D cross sections and an extrapolation to the full kinematic phase space, the strangeness-suppression factor in charm fragmentation, the fraction of charged non-strange D mesons produced in a vector state, and the total cross section of charm production at √s = 7 TeV were derived.