8-13 August 2011
Rhode Island Convention Center
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Identified Hadron Production from the RHIC Beam Energy Scan Program in the STAR experiment

9 Aug 2011, 14:55
552 B (Rhode Island Convention Center)

552 B

Rhode Island Convention Center

Parallel contribution Heavy Ion Physics/Hot and Dense QCD Heavy Ion Physics/Hot and Dense QCD


Dr lokesh kumar (Kent State University)


The current focus at RHIC is the Beam Energy Scan (BES) program to study the QCD phase diagram --- temperature ($T$) vs. baryon chemical potential ($\mu_B$). The BES program aims to verify some predictions from QCD: that a cross-over occurs at $\mu_B$ = 0, and that there exists a first-order phase transition at large $\mu_B$ and a critical point at an intermediate $\mu_B$. The spectra and ratios of produced particles can be used to extract $T$ and $\mu_B$ in different energies and system sizes. The Solenoidal Tracker At RHIC (STAR) experiment has collected data for Au+Au collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}=$ 7.7 GeV, 11.5 GeV, and 39 GeV in year 2010. One of the advantages during the BES program was the enhanced particle identification with availability of full Time-Of-Flight detector. In addition, STAR collected Cu+Cu collisions at 22.4 GeV in year 2005. We present mid-rapidity spectra ($p_{T}$ or $m_{T}-m_{0}$), rapidity density, average transverse mass, and particle ratios for identified hadrons from the STAR experiment. The centrality and transverse momentum dependence of the particle yields and ratios will be compared to existing data at lower and higher beam energies and to various transport models like AMPT and UrQMD. Collision dynamics are studied systematically in the framework of chemical and kinetic freeze-out and their properties extracted from the particle ratios and spectra.

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Dr lokesh kumar (Kent State University)

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