Global polarization measurement in Au+Au collisions Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The system created in noncentral relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions possesses large orbital angular momentum. Because of spin-orbit coupling, particles produced in such a system could become globally polarized along the direction of the system angular momentum. We present the results of Λ and Λ̄ hyperon global polarization measurements in Au+Au collisions at sNN=62.4 and 200 GeV performed with the STAR detector at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The observed global polarization of Λ and Λ̄ hyperons in the STAR acceptance is consistent with zero within the precision of the measurements. The obtained upper limit, |PΛ,Λ̄|≤0.02, is compared with the theoretical values discussed recently in the literature. © 2007 The American Physical Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Abelev, B. I., Aggarwal, M. M., Ahammed, Z., Anderson, B. D., Arkhipkin, D., Averichev, G. S., ... Zuo, J. X.

citation count

  • 85

publication date

  • August 2007