Proton-Λ correlations in central Au+Au collisions at sNN=200 GeV Academic Article uri icon


  • We report on p-Λ,p-Λ̄,p̄-Λ, and p̄-Λ̄ correlation functions constructed in central Au-Au collisions at sNN=200 GeV by the STAR experiment at RHIC. The proton and lambda source size is inferred from the p-Λ and p̄-Λ̄ correlation functions. It is found to be smaller than the pion source size also measured by the STAR experiment at smaller transverse masses, in agreement with a scenario of a strong universal collective flow. The p-Λ̄ and p̄-Λ correlation functions, which are measured for the first time, exhibit a large anticorrelation. Annihilation channels and/or a negative real part of the spin-averaged scattering length must be included in the final-state interactions calculation to reproduce the measured correlation function. © 2006 The American Physical Society.

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 43

publication date

  • December 2006