Strange particle production in p+p collisions at root s=200 GeV Academic Article uri icon


  • We present strange particle spectra and yields measured at midrapidity in s=200 GeV proton-proton (p+p) collisions at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). We find that the previously observed universal transverse mass (mT pT2+m2) scaling of hadron production in p+p collisions seems to break down at higher mT and that there is a difference in the shape of the mT spectrum between baryons and mesons. We observe midrapidity antibaryon to baryon ratios near unity for and baryons and no dependence of the ratio on transverse momentum, indicating that our data do not yet reach the quark-jet dominated region. We show the dependence of the mean transverse momentum pT on measured charged particle multiplicity and on particle mass and infer that these trends are consistent with gluon-jet dominated particle production. The data are compared with previous measurements made at the CERN Super Proton Synchrotron and Intersecting Storage Rings and in Fermilab experiments and with leading-order and next-to-leading-order string fragmentation model predictions. We infer from these comparisons that the spectral shapes and particle yields from p+p collisions at RHIC energies have large contributions from gluon jets rather than from quark jets. 2007 The American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Abelev, B. I., Adams, J., Aggarwal, M. M., Ahammed, Z., Amonett, J., Anderson, B. D., ... Zuo, J. X.

citation count

  • 243

complete list of authors

  • Abelev, BI||Adams, J||Aggarwal, MM||Ahammed, Z||Amonett, J||Anderson, BD||Anderson, M||Arkhipkin, D||Averichev, GS||Bai, Y||Balewski, J||Barannikova, O||Barnby, LS||Baudot, J||Bekele, S||Belaga, VV||Bellingeri-Laurikainen, A||Bellwied, R||Benedosso, F||Bhardwaj, S||Bhasin, A||Bhati, AK||Bichsel, H||Bielcik, J||Bielcikova, J||Bland, LC||Blyth, S-L||Bonner, BE||Botje, M||Bouchet, J||Brandin, AV||Bravar, A||Burton, TP||Bystersky, M||Cadman, RV||Cai, XZ||Caines, H||Calderon de la Barca Sanchez, M||Castillo, J||Catu, O||Cebra, D||Chajecki, Z||Chaloupka, P||Chattopadhyay, S||Chen, HF||Chen, JH||Cheng, J||Cherney, M||Chikanian, A||Christie, W||Coffin, JP||Cormier, TM||Cosentino, MR||Cramer, JG||Crawford, HJ||Das, D||Das, S||Dash, S||Daugherity, M||de Moura, MM||Dedovich, TG||DePhillips, M||Derevschikov, AA||Didenko, L||Dietel, T||Djawotho, P||Dogra, SM||Dong, WJ||Dong, X||Draper, JE||Du, F||Dunin, VB||Dunlop, JC||Dutta Mazumdar, MR||Eckardt, V||Edwards, WR||Efimov, LG||Emelianov, V||Engelage, J||Eppley, G||Erazmus,

publication date

  • June 2007