Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Adam Gibson-Even

College

Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Physics

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-4-2017

Abstract

Beyond the valence quark's spin contribution to the total spin of a proton, gluon and sea quark contributions are becoming clear as well. For proton+proton collisions at a center of mass energy of 510 GeV, neutral pion production is dominated by gluon-gluon and gluon-quark scattering. An avenue to constrain the gluon polarization is the asymmetry, ALL, in the production of neutral pions from collisions of longitudinally spin-polarized proton beams. Our experiment was performed with the STAR detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), unique for its ability to collide spin-polarized proton beams. The Endcap Electromagnetic Calorimeter (EEMC) of the STAR detector with its pseudorapidity (η) range between 1.09 and 2.00 and full azimuthal coverage measures energies of photons from π0 decays. We consider the invariant mass of all photon pairs in the EEMC as we identify π0 candidates. We will present the current status of the analysis of the π0 ALL as measured by the EEMC at STAR in 2012 data with center-of-mass energy of 510 GeV.

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