EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C, vol.74, no.10, 2014 (SCI-Expanded)
Invariant yields of neutral pions at midrapidity in the transverse momentum range 0.6 < pT < 12 GeV/c measured in Pb-Pb collisions at root(NN)-N-s = 2.76 TeV are presented for six centrality classes. The pp reference spectrum was measured in the range 0.4 < pT < 10 GeV/c at the same center-of-mass energy. The nuclear modification factor, R-AA, shows a suppression of neutral pions in central Pb-Pb collisions by a factor of up to about 8-10 for 5 less than or similar to p(T) less than or similar to 7 GeV/c. The presented measurements are compared with results at lower center-of-mass energies and with theoretical calculations.