Nuclear Physics Seminar

"Measurement of the transverse single-spin asymmetry in p+p->W±/Z0 at RHIC"

Presented by Salvatore Fazio, BNL

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 11:00 am — Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

We present the measurement of the transverse single-spin asymmetry of weak boson production in transversely polarized proton-proton collisions at s√=500 GeV by the STAR experiment at RHIC. The measured observable is sensitive to the Sivers function, one of the transverse momentum dependent parton distribution functions, which is predicted to have the opposite sign in proton-proton collisions from that observed in deep inelastic lepton-proton scattering. These data provide the first experimental investigation of the non-universality of the Sivers function, fundamental to our understanding of QCD. The measured observable is also sensitive to the currently unconstrained Sivers function for the sea-quarks and to the evolution of the transverse-momentum dependent distribution functions.

Hosted by: Oleg Eyser

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